Jennifer Egan’s Black Box

I was tasked with reading the Twitter version of Jennifer Egan’s short story first. My final thoughts internalized towards the reading revolved around lack of connectivity. I could not hurdle the idea of reading each tweet individual of the next tweet. As if the short story, Black Box, was simply a stream of consciousness in tweet form. I found I was not able to engage myself as a reader while reading the Jennifer Egan’s short story in twitter form. I felt interrupted. I felt disconnected. I felt more emotion to each individual snap shot than to the entirety of the short story when reading Black Box in Twitter’s 140-character text box form. Maybe this was purposeful when crafted on Twitter?

One thought on “Jennifer Egan’s Black Box

  1. I can definitely relate to the feeling of disconnect with the Twitter version of the story. I was assigned to read the normal prose version first, and upon a second reading of the story it felt much more fractured but also more personal. Instead of reading like just a dry prose, it felt more like as if my friend was texting me instructions. Since Twitter is often a personal form of media, hence “social” media, it was more accessible and easier to read. Had this story not been written in such short, sparse sentences with simple wordings I doubt it would have translated well into a Twitter format but I’m definitely open to reading more in this style considering this is the first “Twitter fiction” piece I’ve read.


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