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December 17, 2019
Pewdiepie Gets Philosophical on Why Twitter Sucks [VIDEO]
Most of us have a love/hate relationship with Twitter and social media at large. In that, we love to talk about how much we hate it. I don't even mean politically (see Twitter Blocks McConnell Campaign From Showing Protests Outside Mitch’s Home and Ted Cruz Just Exposed Twitter’s Anti-Conservative Bias with a Single Tweet). It's kind of like how people watch soap operas. Days of Our Lives was always big in my family. But there was a good six year stretch of my parents and I watching while also looking at each other asking "why do we still watch this crap?" Then eventually Marlena got possessed by Satan, and we ran out of reasons. Twitter, and social media, is similar. While most of us who hate it still log on every day waiting for that "Marlena hearts Satan" moment, Pewdiepie sounds like he found his.
A little heavier than Meme Review. Apologies if you were expecting Baby Yoda arguing with that basic bitch who usually yells at the cat. Probably about if a taco is a sandwich. Throw them behind the Change My Mind Desk and add Morgan Freeman pointing up, and you've got yourself a winner. But I digress. We're here to talk about why Twitter sucks. While Pewds waxed philosophic with the help of philosophers, it can be boiled down to this: Twitter rewards crap. Crap clickbait. Crap virtue signaling. Crap outrage. That then gets hate quote-retweeted into your timeline with someone else's crap opinion. And that's just the people you're friends with.
The crap is steamier and corn-infestier if you use Twitter for politics. Which, mind you, is the LEAST USED social media platform of all the platforms.
Only 22% of the U.S. adult population is on Twitter, and 31% of those people tweet about politics. (So, 6.82% of Am… https://t.co/W24pXkfTm6— Frank Luntz (@Frank Luntz) 1575517080.0
Assume the people yelling at brands when someone else tweets or says the wrong things are prolific political tweeters. Since everyone else probably has too much of a life to care. Companies cave and pander to less than 7% of the population. Technically, 3.5% of the population when you assume the outrage is coming from either the left or the right.
This isn't to say Twitter can't be useful. You can make a few friends on it, and can sometimes communicate thoughts and ideas. Or in my case, keep track of professional wrestling spoilers. Though some of those fans make prolific political Tweeters seem normal.
But when you make a list, out all of the positives on one side of a column and all the negatives on the other. It's hard not to come to the same conclusion as Pewdiepie.
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