“Twitter has stopped being a place where I could learn things I didn’t know, glean information that was free from errors about a breaking news story or engage in a discussion and be reasonably confident that people’s criticisms were in good faith.
The viciousness, toxic partisan anger, intellectual dishonesty, motive-questioning and sexism are at all-time highs, with no end in sight. It is a place where people who are understandably upset about any number of things go to feed their anger, where the underbelly of free speech is at its most bilious.
Twitter is now an anger video game for many users. It is the only platform on which people feel free to say things they’d never say to someone’s face. For me, it had become an enormous and pointless drain on my time and mental energy.”
Bravo, Bavo. Best thing in the Sunday Review yesterday. Read it all, we highlighted 10 paragraphs. Chock full of good points and insights. Mea Culpa, I have always felt this way about twitter, and spend almost no time there. This article, of course, gives me great self-satisfaction.
I continue to tweet, and to study and learn about twitter slowly, because it is too powerful not to understand, and probably, to regulate the hell out of, accidental puns are fun.