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Revealed: The real cause of the great Twitter row, bomb threats and insults

by | 5th, August 2013

THERE is currently mass outrage at how people are acting on Twitter. How could these gormless oiks be so rude and crude as to scream obscenities at Mary Beard and that bird who won the banknote thing ?

And there’s an answer to this, one that’s really not all that flattering about us as a people but true all the same .

You might guess, then, that the current furore over Twitter doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Before Twitter got rid of the ability to watch the public Twitter timeline, I’d often sit and gaze the world’s tweets in real time. It’s no wonder they disabled that function because it didn’t take long before you would see how truly bestial we are as a species. I don’t even mean that small percentage of people who are, for want of a better word, ‘bad’. I mean huge segments of our population who demonstrated how illiteracy and stupidity prevail. I began using Twitter believing it a novel way to confine language, encourage pithy expression. I grew to realise that it’s actually the perfect way of expressing our piggish grunts, our infantile nature, our utter slavery to branding, marketing, and celebrity. Reading Twitter’s public timeline was like being trapped inside the mind of one enormous planet-sized imbecile.

My comparison here is with the rise of blogging and the comments pages in the online newspapers those few years ago, around 8 or 9 of them.

This was the first time that the people who write the newspapers had ever really had direct interaction with the people who read them. And the results were really rather shocking to those who wrote. For the massed readership did not in fact hang on every word of theirs, did not carefully consider each beautifully crafted pearl of wisdom. Rather, they told the commie swine to fuck off,

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