Ain’t democracy great? You too can become President of the United States. Just get yourself a Twitter account and start hurling insults at whomever you like, and if you are running for President, just direct most of them at your opponents and see what happens. If you saw my Twitter/blog post of October 26th, you may remember my commentary on the two pages of the “A” section of The NY Times that was devoted to cataloging some of Mr. Trump’s insults/lies directed at political opponents. Of course, Hillary was his primary target, almost exclusively during the last two months of the campaign. Why spend all that money on political campaigning? Twitter can help you “reach out” to all of your eager followers. Tech has made it so.
Is this what technology is all about? The ability to say anything you want in 140 characters, and not worry about the accuracy or veracity of what you say. Someone else can do that if they want, but maybe that is the most dangerous part of all. Why take the time? Tell your followers what they want to hear, and make it quick. And the more you tweet, the more I want to hear. I also think it has a very addictive appeal. They can take a glance at their mobile devices, and get a quick fix of pithy put-downs of any opposing view or person. In this case, go on the attack against your political rival who is trying to explain her future plans and priorities as President of the United States in a more comprehensive (traditional) way.
May we never see a campaign like this again. But maybe it’s all about free speech, but I don’t think so. We all have a reponsibilty to be truthful in whatever communication mode we choose. And that includes messages of 140 characters on you Twitters account.