If Mark Twain wrote today I wonder if he would blog? Or use Twitter? Or Instagram? I wonder if he would have a private Facebook page and a public one.
I wonder if his friends and family would look forward to his posts? Or would they roll their eyes and sigh that the posts keep popping up in the daily feeds.
Would he have blown up Twitter?
Would his family raise their eye brows? And wonder what and how to comment on his posts? What if their interpretation of what he was saying was way off? Let someone else comment first and see what they think.
When he sent out “Go to heaven for the climate, Hell for the company” on Twitter would he have been appreciated as witty? Would someone have made it a country song?
When he wrote a blog post called “The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County” and he clicked on ‘publish’ would he have had 7 likes and no comments? Or would it have been fresh pressed or gone viral?
And when he wrote about Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer and published it as an ‘ebook’ would he have had to beg his family to read it and download it. Making sure they knew when to download it for free? Or they wouldn’t bother at all.
When he posted his Instagramed selfies would everyone glance at his picture and exclaim Mark, buddy, comb your hair!
Would his humor and literary skills be lost among the prolific offerings of the millions of daily ‘published’ writers.
I don’t know how the world would accept him today. But I know if he wrote today using our medias I would follow his blog. I’d like to think I’d trip across his blog somehow. Probably through someone else finding him I like his words. I don’t think it matters when he wrote them. Funny is funny. Smarts is smart. Good stuff is good stuff.
But I wouldn’t follow his Instagram or Twitter. I don’t use them.