Twitter, which is also called a social media site or a micro blogging site- though I contradict this because along with its siblings Facebook, What app and Instagram it is nothing more than a gossip mongering site.
First of all- none of the above mentioned ‘sites’ are media- they might inform but when it comes to discussions, it is the last place I would want to initiate one. Since they are ‘free’, unlike newspapers and magazines for whom we pay a fees, these 4 ( Facebook, What app and Instagram, Twitter ) will always go unverified, credibility, accountability and objectivity will be a pipe dream.
One uses it because it is the easy way out- it reaches the globe in seconds while the newspapers take at least 24 hours but do we want it- I am happy to wait 24 hours to read what has happened and at least with newspapers, one can have a trail- once the news is published it is like what we say in chemistry, a irreversible reaction, and we can also go back to the previous day’s events to create a story.
Tweeting is for those who want to present their ‘opinions’ but do it more on emotions than logic and with some common sense. Twitter and its siblings does not make one modern and savy- rather it makes us impatient and are we joking when we have only 280 characters to say something. It endorses the third law of motion- ‘ to each and every action is an equal and opposite reaction’.
We have given birth to a new group called trolls or bullies- these individuals enjoy picking on people on these platforms, and the most bizarre thing is that those who are harassed give these people more fuel and space while accepting that we were harassessed. Why can’t we ignore- just dont respond to whatever methods they are using to do what they enjoy- after a while feeling ignored, these will disappear never to be heard from again.
This is at best informal and semi-casual but nothing noteworthy. I can go back years- both online and offline and search for old newspapers, but how will I search for old tweets or posts when they become lost in the sea of somethings- even the overhyped hashtags will not help.
I will never really give credit to anything that is said on twitter- no matter who the individual or the organisation is; I will wait for the next day’s paper or go the website of that organisation as information on this is still curated with care. I am eager to know about things but not all the time- read newspapers in the mornings- watch TV or listen to Radio in the evenings and that is enough information and knowledge for one day.