This post is a response to Fandango of This, That and the Other’s Provocative Question: Whether or not you have a Twitter account, how do you feel about Musk’s takeover of Twitter and the changes he’s made so far. Do you care one way or the other? If you currently are on Twitter, do you plan to continue actively using it?
I’m more than a little sick and tired of hearing about Twitter and Musk, as well as being annoyed that it probably does matter.
I do not now, nor have I ever had, a Twitter account. I cannot foresee any circumstance that would change that.
In the beginning…
When Twitter first started I thought: “what a bad idea! It’s sole purpose is to make people write little provocative blurbs. Way to kill thoughtful discourse!”
A while ago I wrote a post on a similar subject: This is not a Tweet. It was before the takeover. In it I point out that the whole “public square” idea is marketing, not reality. And that decisions would be made to optimize people staring slack jawed at the screen.
Since the takeover…
In a way I was wrong: Mr. Musk hasn’t been very business-like.Continue reading Provoking a lack of thought