You might be interested in Jon Dron and Terry Anderson’s book Teaching Crowds. I discussed it .
Thread by @timminchin: “If someone writes an article you disagree with, here is an option that a lot of you seem to have forgotten: read it, then have some thoughts about it.
Then have some thoughts about your thoughts. Critically assess your intuitive reaction. Then see if there’s any elements of the piece that you might agree with. See if it might even — god forbid – adjust your view. Just a tiny bit.
Give to the writer all the credit & generosity of interpretation you would give a friend. Apply to yourself all the criticism you’d intuitively direct at an enemy. Then wait a day. Perhaps read the article again.
Then, before deciding to post about it on twitter, consider: am I signaling my virtue? Am I just polishing my brand? Am I going to be inadvertently boosting the signal of something I wish had less exposure?
Am I just fishing for ‘likes’. Do I have a strategy whereby I might effect positive change? Is my interpretation unique enough to add to the debate? Am I just fueling ineffectual anger? Have I noted my biases? Have I applied humility? Then think, maybe I’ll have a tea. Then go make a tea. Then drink your tea.”
Am I just fishing for “likes”. Do I have a strategy whereby I might effect positive change? Is my interpretation unique enough to add to the debate? Am I just fueling ineffectual anger? Have I noted my biases? Have I applied humility? Then think, maybe I’ll have a tea. Then go make a tea.
This reminds me of Venkatesh Rao’s discussion of the internet of beefs. Alternatively, Austin Kleon argues that maybe rather than write a comment or an email, just write your own blog post.
Abby Gardner sums this all up as follows:
Guess who’s waiting to hear where I stand on the issue on Twitter? Nobody.
via Harold Jarche
Just as a tangent touches a circle lightly and at but one point, with this touch rather than with the point setting the law according to which it is to continue on its straight path to infinity, a translation touches the original lightly and only at the infinitely small point of the sense, thereupon pursuing its own course according to the laws of fidelity in the freedom of linguistic flux.
Right-wing bros will always love Rage Against The Machine, despite the fact that they are a very, very left-wing band. For example, as The Detroit Metro Times reports, a Michigan man just went viral on Twitter for getting dunked on repeatedly after telling Rage guitarist Tom Morello to stay out of politics. “I use to be a fan until your political opinions come out,” Scott Castaneda wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Music is my sanctuary and the last thing I want to hear is political bs when i’m listening to music. As far as i’m concerned you and Pink are completely done. Keep running your mouth and ruining your fan base.” “Scott!! What music of mine were you a fan of that DIDN’T contain ‘political BS’? I need to know so I can delete it from the catalog,” Morello jokingly responded. Maybe Scott, like #1 Rage Against The Machine fan Paul Ryan, just isn’t a lyrics guy? Or maybe he was thinking of, uh, Florence + The Machine? Scott!! What music of mine were you a fan of that DIDN’T
Scott!! What music of mine were you a fan of that DIDN’T contain “political BS”? I need to know so I can delete it from the catalog. https://t.co/AMpmjx6540
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) June 9, 2020