Am I the only American who has become astonished, amazed and somewhat aghast at how Twitter has become the No. 1 purveyor of public policy?
Or, for that matter, damn near everything else?
I don’t know precisely when it achieved its preeminence. I have o believe it began with the presidency of Donald John Trump Sr.
He began using Twitter to make pronouncements, to hurl insults, to foment his many lies. Then he got elected. He has continued to tweet these messages at a dizzying pace — even though he promised (if that’s the correct verb) to curtail his tweet storms once he took the presidential oath.
A day doesn’t go by now where I don’t read something on my various news outlets about this or that public official tweeting some statement. They respond to others’ statements — which also are tweeted; they make grand pronouncements of their own; they make snarky comments; they tell jokes.
Oh, but them we hear from entertainment celebrities and literary giants, also via Twitter. They all have thoughts — deep or shallow — to share with the rest of the world.
And, yes … I use Twitter as a platform to share musings from High Plains Blogger. I am not alone in that regard, either. Other bloggers seek to increase their audience by distributing their pearls of wisdom via Twitter. Good for them! We’re a social media community.
I suppose Twitter will retain its top ranking as a social media purveyor until something else comes along. I don’t know what that might be; I doubt you know what will emerge.
I do have difficulty using the verb “tweet,” however, to describe this method of communicating. The very sound of the word just kind of grates on me. I hear the word “tweet” and I think immediately of the Looney Tunes cartoon character Tweetie Bird.
Wherever he is, my guess is that the late Mel Blanc — Tweetie Bird’s voice — is laughing out loud.
I trust you get my drift.
Meanwhile, off we go, tweeting every single thought — big or small, profound or trivial — that pops into our noggin.