This article points out one of the reasons why I am so reticent to use Twitter: the fact that Twitter gives people an unedited space and a sense of anonymity or distance in which to express their opinions. Here’s a great quote from Pres. Obama on the :
“An explanation of climate change from a Nobel Prize-winning physicist looks exactly the same on your Facebook page as the denial of climate change by somebody on the Koch brothers’ payroll….The capacity to disseminate misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, to paint the opposition in wildly negative light without any rebuttal — that has accelerated in ways that much more sharply polarize the electorate.”
Blogging can be suspect – certainly there are many partisan blogs out there – but microblogging limits people’s thoughts to 140 characters. Nobody can fully develop and idea in that amount of space. Twitter, from my perspective, encourages shallow thinking and attention-grabbing rhetoric.
I have a Twitter account, but I let it lie. At some point, when I have developed as a blogger, I may use Twitter and Facebook to publicize my blogs, but for now I remain deeply conflicted and wary.