the king of dictation was also a huge fan of Twitter (and its pre-Musk version)

the king of dictation was also a huge fan of Twitter (and its pre-Musk version)
the king of dictation was also a huge fan of Twitter (and its pre-Musk version)
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Jean-Marc ZAORSKI / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Bernard Pivot, here in 2016 during a book festival in Switzerland, was an unconditional Twitter fan, especially in the early years of the social network.

Jean-Marc ZAORSKI / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Bernard Pivot, here in 2016 during a book festival in Switzerland, was an unconditional Twitter fan, especially in the early years of the social network.

CULTURE – Full stop. Bernard Pivot died at the age of 89. It was his daughter who announced the disappearance of the undisputed master of dictation to AFP this Monday, May 6. Known for having hosted numerous cultural programs and directed the Académie Goncourt, the writer was also a great aficionado of the social network Twitter (recently renamed X), and this from the beginning.

Because his deep love of books and words did not prevent him from having a lot of fun with social networks. Bernard Pivot used Twitter extensively, almost daily. In 2017, during an interview with Le FigaroBernard Pivot explained what attracted him to the social network: “CIt is both a mental exercise and a style exercise. That is to say, being able to summarize a thought, a memory, a fact, a feeling in 140 signs. Which therefore requires making an effort to express as clearly as possible, and if possible with humor, what we want to say. »

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He who defined himself in his Twitter bio as “ Apostrophes, Culture Bouillon, Double I, Writing, Football, Gluttony, Man, Interview, Journalism, Newsstand, Reading, Words………….Damn. » used it to talk about current events, comment on politics, television, sports, and even the weather.

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Still in interview with Le Figaro he had explained how the functioning of Twitter was interesting, precisely when you are a lover of language and words like him: the intellectual effort of conciseness. “ It is a precise idea of ​​what we want to say, with an economy of words. A tweet forces you to get to the point, without embellishments, without subordinate clauses. We don’t have time to put ‘however’, ‘although’… You have to bring out the image, the thought that you want to write. » 140 characters which were, for him, absolutely not “ to the detriment of thought “.

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The Pivot Show

On Twitter, Bernard Pivot was insatiable, or almost. He regularly published poetic maxims there, but also, for example, inventions of words. In 2012 and 2013, he imagined series of verbs taken from the names of personalities. An idea that was inspired by the success of the neologism “zlataner”, in reference to the Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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It was also via Twitter that this lover of the French language openly criticized its new uses, and particularly Anglicisms and inclusive writing.

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A tweet considered as a slip-up that the host of Culture broth never withdrew, however.

And it wasn’t the first. In 2017, he wrote about the activist Greta Thunberg “ In my generation, boys looked for little Swedish girls who had a reputation for being less uptight than little French girls. I imagine our astonishment, our fear, if we had approached a Greta Thunberg “. A message pinned as sexist for which he had been widely criticized.

When Bernard Pivot talks about his death on Twitter

In 2019, however, when the number of signs authorized on Twitter climbed to 280, Bernard Pivot apologized to the Figaro. “ Certainly with these 280 signs, we are not yet in the logorrhea of ​​Facebook, but we are already no longer in the Jansenist rigor of the maxim. “. The former presenter ofApostrophes had also highlighted that he found “ absolutely criminal that Donald Trump can express himself in 280 signs. He already said enough nonsense in 140 signs. »

He then said he would stop using Twitter. He ultimately did nothing, continuing to expand there regularly, until the beginning of 2023 when his physical capacities were reduced. We do not know what he thought at the time of the new Twitter driven by the new boss Elon Musk and in particular, of the total lifting of the limit of signs, contrary to the .

Several times, during his numerous speeches on the social network, Bernard Pivot broached the subject of his own death. Sometimes with sadness or nostalgia like in 2012:

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But above all with ironic and second-degree humor, which were his trademarks. “ The habit of radio stations calling me when a writer dies is so great that, the day I die, they will call me “, he tweeted in 2013. This time, there will be no one at the end of the Twitter thread.

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