Instapundit: “Twitter… is primarily a tool for getting people angry and letting them focus their anger on a particular target”
Professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit talks about why he left Twitter.
During the funeral for George H.W. Bush, Trump was spotted not reciting the Apostle’s Creed and leftists on Twitter used it as an opportunity to bash him.
Professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit appeared on the Martha MacCallum show Thursday night to talk about this and used it as an example of why he left Twitter.
Here’s one example from CNN contributor Keith Boykin:
This is your “Christian” evangelical president. pic.twitter.com/u0478FoSyR
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 5, 2018
The video below is cued to begin at the 36:29 mark, just press play:
Reynolds deleted his popular Twitter account shortly after the suspension of Jesse Kelly. He wrote about the decision in an op-ed for USA Today:
I deleted my Twitter account. It’s a breeding ground for thoughtlessness and contempt.
I deactivated my Twitter account about a week ago. I was partly acting on impulse, because the social media site had just, for no obvious reason, “permanently banned” someone I follow, something that seems to be happening more and more. But I was also acting on my growing belief that Twitter is, well, horrible.
All social media have their issues. The “walled garden” character they create is the antithesis of the traditional Internet philosophy of openness. They are actually consciously designed to be addictive to their users — one company that consults on such issues is actually called Dopamine Labs — and they tend to soak up a huge amount of time in largely profitless strivings for likes and shares. They promote bad feelings and bad behavior: I saw a cartoon listing social media by deadly sins, with Facebook promoting envy, Instagram promoting pride, Twitter promoting wrath, Tinder promoting lust and so on. It seemed about right.
But as someone who spends a lot of time on the internet and whose social media experience goes all the way back to the original Orkut and Friendster, I think that Twitter is the worst.
In fact, if you set out to design a platform that would poison America’s discourse and its politics, you’d be hard pressed to come up with something more destructive than Twitter. Twitter has the flaws of the old Usenet newsgroups, but on a much bigger scale.
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