Okay, pipsqueaks. Enough is enough. You can borrow a bingo card idea. You can suggest that we are mean or out of touch for laughing at the quirks of the ASA meetings. But you cannot, under any circumstances, suggest that we don’t understand Twitter because we are old.
the “chronically hip grad student” square was not just, as Nathan Jurgenson asserted, a mainstream culture-embedded dig at hipsters, but also an indication of a general discomfort among less technologically savvy sociologists at the increasing use of technology to augment professional scholarly activities, often though not always by colleagues younger than themselves.
Forget that we have been blogging since before you had your first pimple. Forget that Kieran, in particular, is a guy whom technology gurus ask for advice on tools. Let’s just talk Twitter. When you sign up for your Twitter account, you get a number. Look it up: we have been tweeting as long or longer than you!
We could be on the same side, riding our white horses through the gates of the ASA to demand more bandwidth and a tweeting section in meeting rooms. We could attend the blog party together under the spirit of united communication technology. Like you, we have been asking the ASA for wifi for years! But as long as you’re going to call us old fogeys who just don’t understand how awesome Twitter is, I am keeping your ball and you can get off my lawn.