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Viewers had a hard time deciding if the Democrat was wearing brown or blue.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our national political discourse…
I know the debates are getting a bit redundant at this point. There were some exchanges that were taken almost verbatim from the Flint, Michigan debate last Sunday.
Has the Trump Effect become so pervasive that we actually can’t focus on actual things anymore? Is the man’s Twitter obsession contagious, rendering all other tweets vapid and clownish?
I mean, I’m no fan of Twitter, but surely we can do more with it than this?
Is it brown? Is it blue?
Is you kidding me?!?
Shall we play a game?
The Box is my shepherd; I shall not want.
It maketh me to lie down in screen captures; It Instagrammeth me beside still waters.
It refresheth my Newsfeed.
It leadeth me to Facebook for status updates’ sake.
Yea, though I talk naught but shallow and meaningless dreck, I will fear no consequences, for Thou art with me; thy detachment and anonymity they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table for me at the pleasure of mine followers; Thou crownest my posts with Likes;
my tweets runneth over.
Surely hashtags and friend requests will (sort of) follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Box
Do not go tweet-ly into that good night;
Rage, rage against the dying of the write.
– Not Dylan Thomas
A brief announcement:
After two weeks of shoe horns and crowbars, @magnificenttoad is no more.
I will not sell my soul, I will not eat my words, and I will not pretend there is true creativity in enforced brevity. Concision is for wimps. And those determined to make a point in 140 characters or less.
Dickens makes my soul sing; Hemingway makes my soul shrink. Twitter makes my soul nauseous.
So enjoy your tweets.
I will speak my own language. In complete, punctuated, grown-up sentences.
P.S. I am fully aware that the foregoing is a statement dripping with condescension and assumed superiority…
I’m okay with that.
CLO warning: Confused Luddite Online.
God help me, I’ve created a Twitter account…
- It is true that I have been quite vocal in the past regarding my doubts as to the real benefits of social media and online communication. That will not stop; I still have those doubts. There were, and are, doubts about every new means of mass communication ever invented: the telegraph, the radio, television, and so on. And they have each been used in ways that have both strengthened and compromised our moral identity as a people.
- It is also true that, as with all communications media, it is largely the user who determines the positive or negative impact of any given medium. Since the Internet is here to stay, it is up to individual users concerned about its moral and ethical implications not just to nitpick from the sidelines, but to map out ways in which those limitations may be transcended and overcome.
So, if I can’t beat them, I must join them.
Mind you, I haven’t the foggiest clue what I’m doing, and I’m more than a little convinced that I’m simply entering another arena in which silence will reign, but if I don’t try…well…
If you are interested, you’ll find me at @magnificenttoad. If you’re invested in changing the conversation, join me there. I’ll be the guy tilting at windmills.
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