(This entry will be stupid-long. I’d advise just skipping it. I just need to let some stuff out…)
Even when I don’t have the oomph to get on Facebook to socialize or even browse to see what my friends have been up to, I’ll still often open up my Twitter app so I can (in theory) stay on top of current events – not only for our country, but all parts of the world. Sure, you’ll be able to find links to useful articles, and random people posting random actual facts here and there – but generally, Twitter, when used for more than just talking with friends, is probably one of the most vile, dishonest, spin-filled, shit-smeared corners of the internet. 😒 And when political figures or talking heads are being honest, they’re saying some of the most awful things that usually never even enter people’s thoughts – let alone get spoken out loud or typed into a tweet for the entire world to hear. 😟
The foolish, but well-intentioned folks among us… we inevitably end up replying to much of that garbage, thinking, or at least hoping, that our words will make people stop and truly think about what they are reading, believing, and supporting. In real life conversations, face to face with other humans, you can do that sort of thing and it works. 🤷🏻♂️ Conversation. 😐 Agreeing, disagreeing, offering opinions, hearing other people’s opinions, using logic in a friendly but useful debate of a topic, and even the potential for people to change how they think based on new information given to them. But the “I have the microphone so you will listen to every damn word that I have to say!” nature of Twitter, combined with anonymity and physical distance between people in any given conversation – it changes the way the humans act, preventing useful conversation and instead providing an echo chamber that most people use to “confirm” that they’re always 100% right and that anyone who says anything otherwise is an asshole. 🙄🤦🏻♂️
So it’s no surprise that when anyone and everyone can say and do whatever they want, you’re going to see things said and done there that you’d never experience in your normal, everyday “real life” interactions with people. 😟 And yes, I know that your experience on Twitter will be heavily influenced by the people that you choose to follow… but you’d think, you know, that following the President of The United States would be something that could (or should) benefit anyone living in the United States. 🤔🤷🏻♂️ But my gosh… Donald Trump is one of the biggest shit-posters on the platform, and it’s honestly hard to tell if it’s “by design” or if he’s just truly “like that” and thinks that there’s nothing wrong with it.
I’m not even going to try to cover his individual tweets in detail, but jump over there yourself and just take a look at the last two or three weeks of his tweets. Then remind yourself that, yes, these are official statements from the current President of the USA. 😧😢 Lying, bragging, gas-lighting, blatant ignorance, projecting, supporting “enemies” of the USA while belittling our allies, desperation to be loved / respected – especially by dictators, spreading murder conspiracies, various levels of racism, live tweeting TV shows that he hates and always claims not to watch, retweeting people at random for simply praising him – even when those people have racist ties, claiming credit for everything good (whether he was responsible or not) while always shifting blame for the bad things, mixed messaging (possibly just confusion or ignorance) regarding military, trade, or just general foreign relations… it just goes on, and on, and on, and on… 😞
So it’s quite safe to say that following the current US President on Twitter is not comforting or reassuring. 🙄 Because I’ll see people that appear to believe his lies, that trust his words, and I want to help those people open their eyes. Because for me, and many people like me, it’s not even that we’re asking anyone to “switch sides” but to just recognize when bullshit is bullshit, so there will be at least a few less suckers in the world. One obvious problem, especially for the folks who championed him from the beginning, is that they’re “all in” at this point. They have to support everything he says or does, because if they don’t – that means they’d be admitting in public that they may have been wrong about him. And of all of the traits of Trump’s “hardcore” base, admitting fault, admitting mistakes, admitting being wrong… just like Trump himself… it’s something they can’t allow themselves to do. 😠
So when you see Trump tweet about handing out tens of billions of dollars in welfare to farmers because China will no longer buy their products due to the Trump tariffs… when he says how big of a “win” that is for the American people – and you see his devoted followers cheering, praising him, and echoing those claims – you know that they know it’s a load of horse shit, but they’re all in… and that’s that. 🤦🏻♂️ I can’t even tell you how many people responded positively to the 800 point drop in the stock market today, saying it’s all just part of his plan as the master negotiator and businessman that he is. 🤨
It’s truly Bizarro World over there most of the time. 😳 But I digress… finally… 😏
It’s the same reason that I’ve dipped out of Twitter and stopped following most political and news based accounts before. The original intent upon following them was to stay informed, to see that the adults have everything under control, and to get a sense of security that even though the world often seems fucked – our country is in good hands and there’s nothing to worry about. 😬 Obviously (yet again) that’s not the vibe that I’m getting from my Twitter experience. And I can admit, I’m a dumbass for continuing to use the site for as long as I have – in a way that almost guarantees anxiety, disbelief, and lack of faith in humanity. 😐😑 So next time that I’m over there, as I browse my feed, I’ll be doing away with anything or anyone that makes the experience more bad than good.
As for “staying informed” about current events… Google News is actually a great place to get the articles and facts that matter, you can select what topics you want (or don’t want) to see, and they can even provide a surprising amount of local news content. (Somewhat surprising for the rural-ish area in which I currently live.) But as I’ve mentioned around here more than a few times… I’m already seeing way more negative than positive things in the world directly around me, my friends, and my family… 🥺 and how stupid would it be for me to continue subjecting myself to even more of that feeling on a shit-posting site, just in the hopes of getting the occasional reassurance that things don’t suck as much as it feels like like they do. 😒🤷🏻♂️