Non-News: Twitter A Wank, Leans Left

Thirty words at most. Less if you allow for hashtags or mentions.

Made for snide, silly, smug, and on occasion, outrageously funny.

Generally though, apart from the “alert-type” tweet with link attached to a longer piece, the vast majority of residents in Twitter-ville are the sort of people who would stand naked at their window, bellowing for attention, their vocal volume utterly unrelated to their level of attractiveness.

That is, they’re attention-seeking narcissists with gross overestimates of the possible interest others may have in them.

Of course, I tweet on occasion. Enough said.

I also follow and observe tweets in the political, comedy, media and economic spaces. There you find journos trying to prove how much of an insider they are, banal political diaries, trite pol-econ debates ten words at a time, and comment, comment, comment on daily trivialities as if anyone actually gives a crap. And some cracking funnies.

However, you are more likely to find judgement, disapproval and occasional hate.

Underlying much of it are three things: the desperate desire to be heard without having to build a serious argument (mea maxima culpa), the need for validation in the eyes of others, and an equally keen desire to seem cool and connected.

Which makes Twitter-ville the natural home of all those who aspire to be part of a self-identifying moral and cognitive elite: our old friends, the smart class.

It also explains the tightly-fenced little town it is. It exactly parallels the exclusive and self-referential nature of the smart class/political class that populates it.

What’s interesting about this gloss are recent findings of the political and demographic proportions of Twats [not sure if this has been used before, but it seems more apt than Twitterati].

A Pew Study released in March 2012 analysed the political tendencies of social network users and found a predominance of left-leaners. Not a knockdown margin, but enough.

The Fairfax share of voice on Twitter is larger than that of News Ltd – there are more shared links to SMH and Age stories than to News media stories from their top four mastheads (35% of links to news and opinion sites versus 25% for News).

Moving to opinion sites, we see further confirmation of Twitter’s left slant:

In terms of opinion sites,  Crikey  dominated the competition, garnering 43% of links shared. It was followed by the ABC’s  The Drum  (or articles by non-ABC commentators published under the abc.net.au/unleashed URL path), with 20% of share, and News Ltd’s  The Punch  which upstaged Fairfax’s opinion site, the  National Times, by 2%

It poses the question asked by others: is Twitter pretty much an electronic Left wing mob? Well, the inclination might be to say yes if you follow writer John Birmingham and have any sight of his ongoing conversations. I won’t impose any of his fruitier hate-pieces on you.

In general though, I’m not sure, but the degree of vehement attack and trite judgmentalism is huge. As would be expected with the word limits. You can’t expect balance when you’re scratching to fit in your most basic throwaway ad hominem slur.

But as a Reuters piece posted on Huffington Post and The Wrap points out:

Maybe it just means liberals are in love with themselves, so they want to post about their lives.

Well, yes. A couple of generations of lefties who think themselves special floating in a pool of similars, and all of them wanting social stroking of just how special they are.

Twitter-ville is a special school for self-absorbed leftist twats. What it needs is a really good principal. Like this one.

[all 12minutes are worth it, but key items start at 3 mins and 6 mins in]

 

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