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The Mayans Were Right

Today has occasioned no shortage of snark, both here at Ricochet and around the web, as we watch the fateful date of December 21, 2012 slip by without the promised apocalypse that was supposed to accompany the end of the Mayan calendar (which was surely the product of a Mayan calendar-maker wanting to skip out a little early on a weekend).

We all spoke too soon. The earth may not have been destroyed, but that doesn’t mean the world as we know it isn’t coming to a close. The evidence: Richard Epstein is now on Twitter. And his debut was just as metaphysical as you’d expect:

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Richard Epstein, confined to 140 characters at a time. I don’t know about you, but that’s how I define the end of the world.

  1. Joseph Eagar

    Welcome.

  2. Whiskey Sam

    This is a hoax, right?  I love Law Talk, but there’s no way Richard is sticking to the 140 character thing.

  3. Pseudodionysius

    He’s been hacked.

  4. Percival

    I am now on twitter, I think.

    Well, it ain’t exactly cogito ergo sum, but it’s a start.

  5. Pseudodionysius

    I would have expected his first tweets to be:

    (1) ?

    (2) Well ?

    (3) I’m waiting….

  6. Pseudodionysius
    Percival:I am now on twitter, I think.

    Well, it ain’t exactly cogito ergo sum, but it’s a start. · 0 minutes ago

    I was hoping for something with a little more Roman edge, a little Ulpian street cred.

  7. Percival
    Pseudodionysius

    I was hoping for something with a little more Roman edge, a little Ulpian street cred. · 13 minutes ago

    Richard’s a Stoic?  A little more verbal than I pictured Stoics as being, but the rest of it fits.

  8. with me where I am

    First my elderly grandfather, a computer and internet luddite and NR magazine subscriber, asked me to join him on Google+. Now this? Yep, TEOTWAWKI is upon us.

  9. Bereket Kelile

    You know how they say that you should be able to hear an author’s voice as you’re reading their book? I can totally hear him say it.

  10. Adam Freedman
    C

    I note that the Pope beat Richard to it.

  11. Crow

    Richard Epstein is not on the Twitter. The Twitter is on Richard Epstein.

    #Epsteintrumpsnorris; #Riparianretorts; #Tweetheardroundtheworld

  12. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    Dang it.  I may have to breakdown and get on Twitter now….

  13. KC Mulville

    Shhhhhh … maybe no one has told him there’s a word limit. All of his tweets will cut off after his first 140 characters.

    Oh, and if Richard asks for help, we’ll all tell him that it must be his account. He didn’t sign up for the deluxe version.

  14. Pseudodionysius

    “Twitter is currently experiencing a higher than expected volume of traffic. We will resume normal operations shortly.”

  15. flownover

    The Mayans were only wrong on the degrees of physical proof and 45 days .

    The end came on Nov 6.

  16. Quixotic

    He’ll get around the limit by posting links to his 300-word-per-minute lectures.  I enjoy those lectures online, because I can pause the action and cogitate, before turning on the firehose again.  If I had to listen to these orations in person, I think I’d absorb about 10 – 20%.

  17. PJS

    He’s already following people, has issued four tweets, and has 124 followers.  Even responded using @, and linked to a Ricochet article.  I think he’s getting the hang of it.

  18. Adriana Harris

    With the 140 character limitation, I’m looking forward to many new and clever abbreviations he comes up with.

  19. Owl of Minerva
    PJS: He’s already following people, has issued four tweets, and has 124 followers.  Even responded using @, and linked to a Ricochet article.  I think he’s getting the hang of it. · 12 hours ago

    Ah, really? Perhaps Epstein is part of the new Ricochet social media outreach? I couldn’t think of a more hilarious person to spearhead it.

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