How I Changed My Mind About Twitter

Hey, anybody on here desperate to hear how I changed my mind about Twitter?if not, I’ll share anyway.

Long-time readers know that I always detested Twitter above all social media. It’s stunning how people manage to pollute 140-word messages with endlessly repeated scoffing at “blue checks” (particularly beloved by people who are themselves blue checks), the constant “I don’t know who needs to hear this” and “that’s it, that’s the tweet” and sad attempts at witty repartee.

But then COVID came. And Twitter became the only place where you could modify your feed in a way that wouldn’t expose you to COVID hysteria at all.

It’s a completely distorted view of reality, of course. You spend two months in a lockdown, you never talk to any people and assume that the world is filled with rational, normal human beings who don’t think that Zoom and Amazon can substitute normal human interactions.

Then you emerge from a lockdown and realize that things you say as a matter of course (e.g. small children are not at a major risk of dying from COVID; I like seeing people’s faces; I’m not afraid of catching COVID while walking in an empty street, I played outside with my kid for 6 hours yesterday, etc) affect people in the same way as if you said, “I recently joined a neo-Nazi group and we routinely burn some synagogues and mosques for fun.”

After a few experiences like those, you start spending more and more time on Twitter to make sure there are still people who aren’t mortally offended by the idea that you aren’t completely terrified.

8 thoughts on “How I Changed My Mind About Twitter”

  1. I remember you promised to write about pizza. 🙂 I thought you were against fast food, so your change of heart was intriguing.

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    1. “promised to write about pizza”

      Thank you for bringing up the elephant in the room so I didn’t have to…. (speaking for all the unsatisfied pizza enthusiasts who want answers…. now!)

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  2. Protesters in Tennessee risk losing voting rights under new law making it a felony to participate in some types of protests:

    New Tennessee law penalizes protesters who camp on state property with felony and loss of voting rights

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  3. I can’t see, for example, people wearing face-masks while driving alone in their cars, or when just walking around on uncrowded sidewalks.

    As far as public/commercial establishments, or outside around groups or crowds, one has to remember that there are now “martial law” decrees that have been enacted on account of a “health crisis emergency”, and as such the choice at this time is not really ours.
    Sort of like during World War II, when there were curfews and “lights out” after dark, even on the U.S. mainland.
    In fact, I speculated a few years back about a possible future scenario involving “curfews” and “quarantines”—however, I assumed that if something like that ever occurred in the U.S. it would be on account of all the “gun violence” scenarios that have been so ubiquitous over the years. It would never have occurred to me (at that time) that a “global medical emergency” would initiate such “necessity”.

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    1. ” It would never have occurred to me (at that time) that a “global medical emergency” would initiate such “necessity””

      Especially such a crappy excuse for a global medical emergency….

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  4. I started using Twitter only recently and my experience with BLM and critical race theory is similar to yours with COVID. I feel like I’m not alone in seeing the idiocy of it. However, I took a really long walk today and about 30% of the houses have BLM signs on their lawns. I’m wondering how many well off white people in Kenosha still display the BLM signs in front of their houses.

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    1. I want to believe that people put up BLM signs as insurance against being looted or harassed. But I’m afraid it’s completely sincere. That’s the really scary part. I can deal with opportunists and cynics. It’s the wide-eyed fanatics foaming at the mouth that scare me.

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