Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Chatter is cheap

Remember when a chatterbox was someone who just wouldn't shut up. Now it is a social networking phenomenon in which people comment online about what they are currently watching on television. Apparently Northern Ireland leads the UK in this online commentary.

Networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have revolutionised the way people communicate - most of it frivolous but occasionally of great importance such as chronicling the recent Arab uprisings and bringing evidence of massacres in Syria to the outside world. But with all this chatter does anyone read any more? Will classic literature, for example, just gather dust in the libraries while we get on with our endless chatterboxing?

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