[Marxism] Why celebrities love twitter and I hate it

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Sun Dec 29 22:37:10 MST 2013


News breaks on twitter these days.

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On Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 7:42 PM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

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