October 19, 2017

Mike Monteiro Just Blew My Mind

When you really think about it, social media makes all of the sense and none of it.

Twitter never saw Donald Trump as a problem, because they saw him as the solution. As Upton Sinclair so eloquently put it:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

When I started writing this essay I was wondering whether to close my Twitter account. To be honest with you, all the Twitter shit was bringing me very fucking close to a mental health red flag, which is a thing I need to look out for. I still haven’t decided whether to close it or not. But I have decided that in writing all this shit down and having said my peace I can step back a little bit, at least for a little while. This isn’t about Twitter anymore. This is about something bigger. When Donald Trump tweets us into war, the bombs don’t fall inside Twitter. When Donald Trump tweets us out of the social contract, citizens who’ve never used the service are left to suffer.

What happens when the thing that might save you is also the thing that might destroy the world? What do you do? Where does your responsibility lie?

Twitter set out to change the world. It did.

-Mike Monteiro, One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end, Medium

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