My First-Year Anniversary on Twitter
September 4, 2008
Yup, 365 days ago I started tweeting / twittering. Often, I’ve thought it a waste of time — reporting the mundane things I’m doing and posting links to items I come across online. But the ego has to be indulged and there has to be a place for bursts of self-expression throughout the day when it’s inappropriate to bother the closest live person next to you.
It’s also been very educational this election season. I’ve never been exposed to such rabid partisans before. Most of my life, I thought meanness and irrationality were the monopoly of a certain political brand. Well, I guess I had been living in ignorance. In the Twitterverse, whenever you present facts or ideas that don’t perfectly mesh with the prevailing narrative, you get labeled part of the opposing camp. It’s very alienating.
Ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? If I’ve done an about-turn in my political philosophy, you can blame it on Twitter!