Thank you jlinger and Excalibur for your help! And I would like to ask for your further explanation:
referring the beginning of the words:" in some ways, the Department of State, a noble antique, is still trying to come to terms with the invention of the telephone."
In my understanding the the Department of State is far behind of useing IT means to deal with diplomacy. while,on the other hand, according to jlinger's explanation, I understand that the "literature" here means the written message limited and spread by Twitter, so that can I furtherly understand that the Department of State uses Twitter to deal with its Diplomacy? If yes, I will be confused since the two understandings seem incompatible, and the either should be wrong.
And still, I can't understand the meaning "at the speed of literature" in the article, what the author want to express?
for your eazier and further judgment, I would like to paste more of the article:
"How is the Sec State doing? Time Magazine provides a mid-term grade and its a mixed review:
The job of Secretary of State is more thankless than glamorous; in some ways, the Department of State, a noble antique, is still trying to come to terms with the invention of the telephone. In an era when Twitter haiku-messaging rules, diplomacy moves at the speed, and requires the nuanced complexity, of literature. Power has drifted from State to the National Security Council and the Pentagon, especially in wartime. Only a few of Clinton's recent predecessors have distinguished themselves. Henry Kissinger, a National Security Adviser who belatedly became Secretary of State, was Richard Nixon's schizophrenic alter ego; George Shultz was a strong policy voice in the Reagan Administration; James Baker had clout because he was George H.W. Bush's best friend and a world-class dealmaker. Most of the others have been frustrated or forgettable. And yet this is Hillary Clinton we're talking about — the second most popular American in the world, an eternally compelling and supremely talented character, the subject of constant speculation, a walking headline. Her very presence in the job makes it crucial once more."
Thank you for your great help!!!