|The essence of most Twitter posts
My sons, after all, have a perceptive saying that I think sums things up rather accurately. The Internet can be good, but has a lot of bad; social media is mostly bad, with only a little good; but Twitter is of the Devil. I'm inclined to agree.
Like all things, I know there can be good people of good will, even those I disagree with, who take to Twitter to muse or joke or throw out ideas. Most Twitter posts, however, are what I would consider the worst level of pre-adolescent style rants and idiocy that I remember from my middle school days and the kind that define the worst of modern online debate. Heck, our locker rooms back then featured more mature takes on the issue of the day than what I see on Twitter today.
That Twitter became a trusted source of information for the modern news media is all I need to know to place no value in the modern news media. They could say they get their sources from middle school locker rooms and I'd hold them in higher esteem. That's why I typically avoided Twitter altogether.
But after last year, when I stumbled across a site that kept up with various Twitter posts, mostly from Catholics, I began seeing that as a quick and pithy go-to myself to keep my finger on the pulse of what is happening today. Perhaps it is a good source for understanding the currents of thought in our modern age. If so, God help us.
Most of what I saw as I kept going there, however, was childish, snotty, stupid and false statements that could best be summed up with a simple '#I'm God/They're Hitler' template. Most of what I was seeing was nothing other than that. Children in adult garb just high-fiving each other for being what God hoped to be, as opposed to those stupid subhuman sinners over there.
Really. Be they Catholic apologists, doctors, professionals, published authors, professors - what I saw as often as not was rhetoric not worthy of my twelve year old. I wouldn't tolerate him having those attitudes and thinking that sort of approach to discourse was anything close to acceptable. Arrogance, pride, hatred and contempt - those are not what being human, much less Christian, is all about.
So I stopped. I won't say I'll never reference a Twitter post. Again, sometimes there can be rare good things, or humorous things, or pithy things that make me smile - when they're not banned by Twitter for failing to be appropriately leftist. And if someone shows me a Twitter post and I think it's important, I might talk about it. But I won't follow sites that keep constant updates with Twitter, since I consider it a cesspool of sin, and a near occasion of sin. I'd just as soon visit the ironically titled Friendly Atheist or other such pits of wretched than waste my time on something I don't even subscribe to that is worst than anything else in modern discourse.