Twouble With Twitter
- Noun - An insignificant or bothersome person, a foolishly annoying person.
- Verb - To taunt, ridicule, or tease, especially for embarrassing mistakes or faults.
The sad part about Twitter is that it actually is a living metaphor for how desperately everyone wants to be connected, to others, and to feel like they are being heard.
Appealing to a voyeuristic impulse driven generation raised on disconnection and instant gratification Twitter, (unlike blogging) is as much about connection as chewing gum is about nutrition. Yet, you will find hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people following the random, mindless white noise events of another humans life.
Pearls of wisdom such as:
Dim sum is my favorite. – 161 followers
I'm at bar camp la. – 887 followers
I am sooo grateful for getting an extra hour of sleep. – 648 followers
Adding 40 friends on facebook - 4226 followers
What is driving not only Twitter but the whole social network phenomena is the need for acceptance and validation; the bigger the number of “followers” or “friends” you have the more “important” you are. Your life is now a essentially a video game.
Shouldn't people desire quality in real friends, instead of quantity in illusionary friends?
Don't people realize sonic pulses are good food MRI’s but not for human connection?
Twitter does not make human interaction more efficient, nor does it help you get more connected, it feeds you an illusion of connection.
The social network phenomena points to one obvious reality, that humans deeply and desperately want to connect, but platforms like Twitter are the fast food of human connection quick, bad for you, nutritionally empty, and feed on giving the least healthy thing to as many people as possible for one simple purpose, money.
I feel like I am becoming more and more jaded lately.
Well, at least I can still laugh at the situation and this video proves I'm not the only one who thinks Twitter is blogging for retards and the next evolution of stupid.
Video thanks to Big Daddy over at Bon Jour, Pee Wee