Only The Good Parts...
I’ve been on Twitter for [stupidly checks watch] over ten years now and I’ve finally come to the inescapable conclusion that, while it’s great for meeting new people, it’s terrible for sorting through news events or discussing anything of depth or value. The incentive structure is fatally broken, heavily favoring “dunks” and short, snide, context-less half-witticisms.
However, much of what I’m most proud of over the last two months has been captured on Twitter in the form of over-long tweet threads where I try to suss out what is happening and explain it as cleanly and simply as I can. Unfortunately when I do that, my best writing gets lost in a sea of nonsense and any poor word choice or inexact phrase can be isolated, pulled out of context, and attacked. I suspect Twitter’s search algorithm is specifically designed to help assholes search the tweet of people they’re trying to dunk.
My solution is to try to take what I think are the most interesting and valuable parts of my Twitter experience and externalize them here. My initial plan was to provide everything for free but then you crazy people subscribed in such alarming numbers that the kneejerk-protestant-work-ethic part of my brain says I need to give you something for your money. So one post per week will be for paid subscribers only. I’d like to say I’ll work extra hard on that issue, but that seems unlikely. I’ll probably just write more while I drink during the evenings.
I suspect the end result will be substantially fewer views and substantially less engagement, but I’ll be happier with it (which is really all that matters).