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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2020 10:08 p.m. PST

"Allow me to explain something important about Twitter.

This something is obvious to anyone with more than 10,000 followers on the platform but not so readily apparent to those with only 500 or so. My girlfriend is in the latter category, and she struggles to understand my animus for for it. The difference in follower counts partially explains the gap. But she also came to America's public sphere late, and never really experienced the world before twitter. That was the public sphere of blogs and forum posts, not tweets and retweets. She can be happy with what she has: she knows of nothing of what was lost.

In many ways the twitter experience of the user with a low follower account is somewhat similar to the experience of the old blogosphere. Many of my readers came to the internet in the 2010s; before I proceed with this point it is probably sketching out just what the internet was like in the world before them. That internet was organized differently. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Medium, Reddit, and Instagram either did not exist then or were the preserve of teenagers and university age students. Those platforms were for flirting and goofing off and gossiping behind your parents back. People who wanted to discuss bigger things—culture, art, history, science, business, politics, or what have you—went to the blogs. Well, the blogs and the forums…"
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pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2020 7:32 a.m. PST

Very good article. One quote that struck me:

"Twitter is an undifferentiated mass of writhing souls trying to inflict their angry opinions on the earth. "

The article has a quote from a woke "journalist" that pretty much says that if you believe in free speech you are either naïve or a Nazi.

Legion 411 Jul 2020 9:35 a.m. PST

Glad I'm not on Twitter … evil grin

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2020 12:08 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


von Schwartz11 Jul 2020 7:27 p.m. PST

+1 Legion

Legion 412 Jul 2020 9:50 a.m. PST


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