The thing that makes me so upset about Twitter is that I know interesting people who are posting interesting things on twitter - but it's just a shitty unsearchable, unclarified version of what they should be writing. If you have a thought that's worth sharing, it's worth taking a second to flesh it out and write it in at least semi-proper sentences.
Everything you spew into the interent is getting recorded forever and adding to our pile of information overload. Take a second, make it worth everyone's time to read.
Part of the problem is everyone jumps on new tech trends even when there's no need to. Text is a wonderful thing. It's searchable, random access, printable, I can snip out the bits I want to save or re-read.
I don't even like audio/video for information presentation. I've been meaning to watch Casey's video on GFK for like two years now, but I have to actually sit and watch it for AN HOUR. One of the amazing wonderful things about this great technology called "text" is that you can skim past the parts that are boring and that you already know, and then when you get to something tricky you can stick on it for a while or read it over and over, etc. Text is user-pace-controlled which is wonderful. Text is curteous to the client. Text compliments the intelligent of the client, it lets them make their own decision about they consume the information.
Slides of course are fucking garbage. It's hardly even worth downloading them; hell even going to talks at conferences is of very limited value. It's almost always better to just read a paper if there is one. In fact, conferences would be a hell of a lot better if they published the papers first and everyone read them *before* the conference, and then you could have a Q & A with the author about topics that are beyond what's in the paper, instead of just having them stand there are tell you about key points in the paper.
Today, it's Mike Acton's sketches on concurrency that are making me mad. It looks like there's some interesting stuff in there, but WTF Mike, this is like a Andy-Kaufman-esque performance piece indicting the ridiculousness of modern internet information sharing techniques.
I think in many ways the internet would be a better place if it was still plain text. Yes I am a luddite.