[Marxism] Why celebrities love twitter and I hate it

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Dec 29 20:42:28 MST 2013

I've been paying more attention to twitter lately more out of an attempt 
to understand it as a phenomenon than to participate.

I started following whoever is recommended--who knows what algorithm is 
used. So I see that if you follow Glenn Greenwald, you don't have the 
privilege of replying. No wonder celebrities love it. They can dispense 
their 140 character words of wisdom without having to put up with the 
riffraff answering them.

Bhaskar Sunkara, a minor celebrity, is kind enough to allow his 
followers to reply to a tweet. So just a few minutes ago I see his 
series of snide tweets on Kshama Sawant, Ty Moore and Socialist 
Alternative. I thought about trying to explain to him why it is 
important for the left to rally around such campaigns even if you 
understand what is wrong with Socialist Alternative. How do you do that 
in 140 characters? Impossible. That is why Sunkara prefers Twitter. It 
is basically a unidirectional medium that impedes serious conversation. 
When you stop and think about it, twittering is exactly the right word 
to describe what is going on there.

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