I’m Staying Away From Twitter

You may have noticed that, from time to time, I post other people’s tweets on here. People sometimes make comments on Twitter that they want to echo on my blog. I try not to do that too often, but I think it isn’t an unreasonable form of blog entry. However, I need to say that I am not a big Twitter user. I use my blog to express my thoughts, experiences and opinions, and use good old Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family. Twitter has never really appealed to me, and I find it’s short form too restrictive. The fact that it has now been bought by the world’s richest wanker only adds to that conviction. It may be the world’s most widely used social media platform, but no doubt Elon Musk will now want to turn Twitter into a soapbox for his right wing friends like Donald Trump. He has already said he wants to deregulate the platform, but surely that means letting reactionary douchebags say whatever they like to the detriment of everyone else. Thus people like Musk claim to be champions of free speech, but are in fact precisely the opposite: Musk is obviously intent on turning Twitter into a perverse, reactionary, hate-filled squawk box by giving Trump and his ilk free reign to spew whatever bile they like, in turn drowning out more rational, sensible and balanced voices. It’s yet another front in the ongoing culture war, although for my part, having been blogging here quite happily for the last nineteen years, I think I’ll just keep out of it.

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