Twitter is not your friend. The Sarah Jeong saga shows us why. - Vox


20 bookmarks. First posted by AramZS 9 weeks ago.


The problem with Twitter, as shown by the Sarah Jeong fracas via
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7 weeks ago by zvi
Je denkt te weten aan wie je tweet, maar er kunnen ook mensen meelezen die niet altijd het beste met je voor hebben
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9 weeks ago by heejeroen
"But after reading take after take after take on the latest round of our ongoing Twitter wars, I’m struck by how inexplicable both sides seem to the other. To much of the right, it’s obvious that Jeong’s tweets represented anti-white racism in its purest form; to much of the left, it’s obvious they were jokes that anyone with an iota of self-awareness could parse, and the affront taken at them is pure bad faith.

Jeong’s statement seemed, to me, to offer a much more persuasive middle road: These were satirical tweets framed in a way that could reasonably offend people who didn’t understand the context for what they were reading:"

"Twitter is weird. A huge amount of what’s written there is metatextual commentary on other tweets intended for a knowing audience reading in a specific moment. It’s an ephemeral, self-referential mode of discourse that is unfortunately not ephemeral or tied to reference points at all — in fact, it’s designed to be broadcast, archived, searched, and embedded by anyone, in any context, at any point in the future."
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9 weeks ago by pacpost
Behind our Twitter wars lies Twitter’s problems.
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9 weeks ago by SimonHurtz
RT : According to Ezra Klein, we should not take people he likes seriously or literally.
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9 weeks ago by ewerickson
There’s a term for this: It’s called “context collapse.”...
Every participant in a communicative act has an imagined audience.
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9 weeks ago by kgoess
We write for an audience we think we know, in a vernacular they’ll understand, using reference points they’re familiar with. Six years later, our tweets are weaponized to an audience we don’t know, thick with terms they understand differently, with the reference points completely absent.

Twitter is not your friend. It is built to reward us for snarky in-group communication and designed to encourage unintended out-group readership. It fosters both tribalism and tribal collision. It seduces you into thinking you’re writing for one community but it gives everyone the ability to search your words and project them forward in time and space and outward into another community at the point when it’ll do you maximum damage. It leaves you explaining jokes that can’t be explained to employers that don’t like jokes anyway.

And it’s not just what we write. It’s what we see. Our feeds are filled with reasonable, funny, thoughtful comments from our groups and the most unreasonable, offensive tweets sent by our out-groups.

If you’re a conservative, the liberal tweets that get shot into your sightline aren’t the most thoughtful or representative missives; they’re the ones designed to make you think liberals hate you, are idiots, or both. The same is true if you’re a liberal: you see the worst of the right, not the best. And after you’ve seen enough of these kinds of comments from the other side, you begin to think that’s who they are, that you’re getting a true picture of what your opponents are really like, and what they really think of you — but it’s not a true picture, it’s a distortion built to deepen your attachment to your friends, your resentment of your opponents, and your engagement on the platform. And it’s one that plays on our tendencies to read the other side with much less generosity than we read our own side.
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9 weeks ago by rianvdm
RT : Twitter is not your friend. Twitter is not your friend. Twitter is not your friend. Twitter is not your —
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9 weeks ago by readywater
At National Review, Jonah Goldberg has a column on the Sarah Jeong fracas that is wrong in, I think, a useful way. He begins with an anecdote: When I was a…
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9 weeks ago by toph
RT : Twitter is not your friend. Twitter is not your friend. Twitter is not your friend. Twitter is not your —
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9 weeks ago by grigs
Sarah Jeong was wrong. The adult way of dealing with mistakes, esp for journalists, is to retract and apologize. For me it is just that simple. And making broad…
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9 weeks ago by mathewi
“The real villain here, as it so often is, is Twitter.”
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9 weeks ago by AramZS