Jose - I know what you mean about twitter being limiting. However, I see it as useful in terms of quick communication, linking to other places, or simply staying in touch with people. With blogs, I find commenting and debate depends heavily on the nature of the blog; some really do encourage comment debate, whereas others, people tend to read and move on. (I remember that particular article, and it still gives me the shudders; there was a lot of debate on twitter over it too)
Sarah - agreed. I find twitter helps me keep a vague overview of things.
Lilith - definitely as far as communicating; the internet does tend to reproduce barriers in "real life", even though it's a lot easier to get rid of some of the barriers online. However, using the internet does mean that you reach a wider audience than a local one - and it does help reach a wider audience when used well - ideally in parallel with other media, face-to-face interaction and so forth. I know I'm biased towards internet-based communication as it allows me to interact with others and be involved even though I'm not always able to get out and do things - for example, when IntersectCon set up a audio/video feed so that people like me could hear/watch the speakers from home, and then discuss it on twitter with people in the audience; admittedly, it wasn't perfect (no subtitles or BSL interpreter visible) but it made the con accessible to those who lacked the funds or transport access to attend.
________________End of message________________
This Disability-Research Discussion list is managed by the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds (www.leeds.ac.uk/disability-studies).
Enquiries about list administration should be sent to [log in to unmask]
Archives and tools are located at: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/disability-research.html
You can VIEW, POST, JOIN and LEAVE the list by logging in to this web page.