Here’s your weekly curiosity experiment:
Musician Amanda Palmer has nearly a million followers on Twitter. She told me that she sometimes gets criticized for “over-retweeting”: that is, excessively posting tweets from other people. But she sees this as an important part of her role as a convener of conversations: to lift up the perspectives she feels are valuable, and shine more light on them than they might catch otherwise. Her practice of doing this may be aggravating to some, but through it, she sidesteps the role of all-knowing idol, and into the role of host, curating a kind of salon via her Twitter stream.