Perhaps Twitter will evolve into a form of news communication…
…especially in the developing world, where independent media outlets are rare.
Holy fuck, are you kidding me? You know, maybe one day, this whole social media thing might have an impact in the third world. Maybe in the ARAB world. In the SPRING. TMQ feels comfortable saying that verily, this may pass. See if you can beat that, Nate Silver!
Twitter and similar services seek to recapture the sensation of childhood. When you are little, your parents wanted to know everything happening to you, everyone you spend time with, everything that was said. Once you are an adult, nobody cares about daily details like where you are and what you are talking about. Twitter creates the illusion that not only does someone else care — thousands of people care! Twitter is all about the person sending the tweet, not those who receive it.
TMQ says: Why not tweet a charitable donation instead? Instead all of you are infantilized assholes who NEVER use Twitter for noble purposes. You are sickening. You are ALL children.
I think people Instagramming their food is weird. I don’t get it, like, unless it’s a thing that’s on fire like Baked Alaska or something, or a birthday cake, like why am I looking at your burrito unless it’s to feel bereaved because I have no burrito? I don’t get the food pics. When I’ve made something terribly complicated and I’m proud of it, I’ll take a picture then, but I know people who are like, I made a peanut butter sammich and here’s a photo! Just eat your damn meal. Preferably nowhere near my DAMN LAWN.
You know what, though? The Internet comes with ALL KINDS of options and ways for me to NOT look at Instagrammed food. And Instagram comes with all kinds of ways to not use its service for those purposes. For example, you can help the NYT document a massive snowstorm. Or otherwise use it to get your message out.
I hate this thing old people do — and fellow old people, for serious, knock it off — where we take the stupidest possible use a tool and use that use to declare the tool itself stupid. This is about as savvy as declaring hammers invalid because some people use them to hang pictures of velvet Elvises. It’s just a way to stroke ourselves, and while I’m not opposed to that in itself, to quote Easterbrook, nobody else really needs to know all about it.