That’s what is happening with twitter and the twits who cannot stop making themselves the center of any story at any time.
In the beginning, tweets warned of dictators with guns killing civilians. It was a way of getting news out of dangerous places—fast. But, today, tweeters often calling themselves “reporters” are simply junking up conduits of information by intruding on meaningful events. They want us to read all their thoughts—no matter how inane—and they are somehow delusional enough to believe their distracting “play by play” is as important as the events they are chirping about. Events that will shape the globe and determine the quality of our futures.
The tweets scrolling constantly across the bottom of our television screens feel a lot like the way a two year-old–with lack of ego control–interrupts adult conversation. In an attempt to place themselves in the center of any drama at any time, tweeters appear to have lost all sense of proportion. And we as viewers cannot opt out.
This trivializing of everything is a dangerous trend.
Note to “tweeting reporters”: Your every insignificant thought is not more important than the story, and you are adding to the distractions and noise we need to get rid of.
Americans desperately need to listen. Not to ego driven two year-olds, but those who have the power to destroy or reinvent this country. We do not need your silly comments flying across our television screens. We need to focus on what is said…and not by you.
Even C-SPAN, the last bastion of true unbiased reporting, has bowed to the pressure to use ridiculous, self-serving tweeting twitters during the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.
“Is Joe wagging his finger too much?” (The same finger that could someday press a button leading to nuclear annihilation)
“Did Joe mean it when he called Congressman Ryan ‘my friend?”‘ (Of course he does not)
But…who cares? Let’s interrupt!
All the while, those with the capacity to send our children to wars without end, to rearrange the globe, to drop the bomb, and lock up our uteri are completely drowned out by twitter drivel.
This gossipy noise in the middle of an important debate is dangerous. It is much like the hiked skirt, the low-cut blouse or celebrity gossip—trapping us into a “he said, she said” mentality that makes America look pretty stupid to the rest of the world.
Now that twitter has become nothing more than another money-making ratings counter—another good thing taken to extreme—it is fast becoming irrelevant.
Americans need to listen.
Tweeting distracting chaotic chatter is making the media richer and the democracy poorer.
Can you please be quiet?
Where is the button on my remote to turn you off?