Jonathan Franzen, having seen off the menace of ebooks earlier this year, has directed his ire this week against social media, reportedly saying:

Twitter is unspeakably irritating. Twitter stands for everything I oppose... it’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters... it’s like if Kafka had decided to make a video semaphoring The Metamorphosis. Or it’s like writing a novel without the letter ‘P’... It’s the ultimate irresponsible medium... People I care about are readers... particularly serious readers and writers, these are my people. And we do not like to yak about ourselves.

But this is to make a category error, roughly as reasonable as complaining about the constraints of telegrams, or saying: 'Novels are unspeakably irritating. They're such a slow and roundabout way to alert my friends to an interesting article I read in the LRB archive.'