What is it about?

Neil Sadler explores how social media has reshaped our communication practices and influenced our perception of the world in his book. The pervasiveness of platforms like Twitter has led to a preference for short and fast information, contributing to the fragmentation of stories. The impact of this fragmented storytelling in social media is attention-grabbing because of our existential tendencies.

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Why is it important?

Understanding short political tales in the Twitter age is crucial in today's digital landscape because of our short attention span prevalent in the attention economy. Recognizing this shortage is important for individuals to navigate the digital realm effectively, for businesses to engage their target audience, and for society to understand the implications of social media on information dissemination and public discourse.


Writing this review was a great pleasure as a digital discourse, humor and narrativity researcher. This paper led to deep philosophical thoughts and conversations with my colleagues. Also, it is fascinating to see how today's communicative practices can still be informed by the 19th century's thoughts about human tendencies.

Melike Akay
University of South Florida

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This page is a summary of: Review of Sadler (2022): Fragmented Narrative: Telling and Interpreting Stories in the Twitter Age, Internet Pragmatics, September 2023, John Benjamins,
DOI: 10.1075/ip.00099.aka.
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