πŸ“‘ Tim Minchin on Social Media and Sharing

Bookmarked 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… (threadreaderapp.com)

Thread by @timminchin: β€œIf 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 β€” 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 β€˜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.”

Tim Minchin’s shares a thread about considering other ideas and intent before responding.

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

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