Sunday, December 2, 2012
What I learned after 910 tweets!
Squat. I think my article should really end just there.
Everything about it being an "intellectual" platform was hogwash. It was the same old opinionated crap from your extremists, your egotistic celebrities and their narcissistic rants, PR machinery . It was another social networking platform that is a little more personal by being a little more impersonal. Let us call it what it really is, it is a new socially acceptable way of talking to yourself, a personal diary where you sum up things in less than 140 characters. I followed my favorite celebrities only to realise I shouldn't have. I should have to simply stuck to the movies they acted in, the songs they sang and the jokes they cracked. This intimate getting to know was really annoying.
My first experience was with popular indian journalists. Their accounts should simply have been "@iampaidmedia". Same old agenda politics, taking sides, pro congress, pro BJP, my new show, please listen to my path breaking news piece, please watch my channel ranting, listen to this guy- he is my friend and really smart, excellent article by my friend, here let me say shit because I am a journo and clearly I think my opinions are well researched.
My second was with all these "revolutionary" accounts with all their smart comments on "uprising" and "people taking control". It does nothing for me. Nothing. It inspired me for about 30 seconds, after which i realized that these were faceless accounts of people telling others to do things. No revolution is possible if you sit and google for what "revolutionaries" said in the last 100 years.
My next problem was with the "following". I am not a follower, I (sadly) Follow some people only because I like to keep track of the dumbassery and then joke about it. Random posts that make them sound like the most dedicated individuals, superb writers, intellectual glitterati, basically something important. Also, I hate the word "follow". I have some 45 -50 followers and I am following some 100-115 people all of whom say stuff quite regularly, my point sadly is what do I do with this information? Or are they really tweeting like me?Just to kill some time, talk to themselves.
My next issue was with the incessant ranting, I felt it was quite obsessive(in my case) to say stuff. I am like that, any writing platform and I am on it, too busy writing away. I was saying things, smart things sometimes, but what is the point? Why say all that? Why tell a certain celeb that I think his show sucks? Why tell a certain journalists that comparing India and China was the stupidest thing you had come across? What is the point? Why sit there saying smart stuff about the universe, life, love and everything in it? What would people I don't even know do with it? It not like 100 years from now somebody is going to my stupid twitter handle and say oh! the great Maggie once said "This is stupid, omg i don't blive im sittin n tweetin!"
Finally let me accept why I am on twitter. Facebook is too crowded, too much family, too much defending when we meet during family gathering. Like the last time my cousin asked me how I liked some movie? and I was like how do you know? My friend seemed to have tagged me. :) My problem is with none of those, my problem is with not being able to openly say stuff and twitter lets me do that. Strangers somehow comfort me. Saying stuff comforts me and I will continue doing it and may be not take stuff I read seriously.