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Jan 19

“Twitter will ruin us, and we should stop.”

So said Farhad Manjoo in The New York Times last Wednesday, in his opinion piece entitled “Never Tweet”.

He’s right.

And I’m stopping - as I said I would.  I’ve deleted my account permanently.  And I won’t miss what Manjoo rightly calls “the world’s most damaging social network”.

After getting chased off the platform last week, I returned briefly to Twitter on Monday to circulate my “Bitter-tweet” retort to the swarming I endured.

The response to my new post was overwhelming, and almost entirely positive – welcome proof that not everyone has gone stark raving mad.

It didn’t stay positive, of course: that’s not the Twitter way.  Twenty-four hours later the incessant natter of the trans-activist jungle had resumed its Chinese-water-torture cadence, its intellectual depth summed up nicely by a pungent “breathe in all my farts” dismissal of my essay.

Smart soldiers know to pick their battles, but also where to wage them.  And the transgender battle will not be won in the echo chamber of Twitter, infected as it is with ill-informed agenda-driven combatants screaming beliefs and opinions at full volume and stopping only long enough to hear those same beliefs and opinions ricochet back at them.  The rational voices (and there are many) engage the wholly irrational, as if expecting to reap an outbreak of lucidity in a home for the criminally insane.  The result is predictable: there is no semblance of real debate, no nuance, no compassion, no empathy, no progress.  Nor will there ever be.

On Monday the Heritage Foundation hosted a superb panel discussion in Washington, D.C., to explore the current state of transgender ideology (it's well worth an hour of your time to watch it).  Lesbian feminist Julia Beck, after delivering emotional, incredibly compelling testimony, capped her remarks with this excellent bit of advice:

“Get off Facebook.  Get off Twitter.  That’s not where great discussions happen.  Great discussions happen when we get face to face.  Meet with people in person.”

She’s right.

Get off Twitter.

And get with your people.

3 Responses for "Goodbye, Fellow Twits"

  1. Ruth says:

    I've seen a lot more voices on social media speaking out in the past year from when I first started on twitter. Leave if you need to and I respect that but don't act as if it's a waste of time in order to justify your decision. That's not fair to all the professionals and others who have the courage to stay and speak out.

    • drjedles says:

      Ruth,
      Fair enough. I certainly didn't mean to disparage the yeoman's work that you and so many like you are doing on Twitter to push back against the ideological tide - it's extremely important. And perhaps you're right - perhaps I simply don't have the courage to stick around on that platform. But believe me when I tell you that the fallout from my essay postings on Twitter over the past week has been substantial, and continues to accumulate - and at present it has become extraordinarily difficult for me professionally. Perhaps once the dust settles I'll have a clearer view.
      Thank you for your comment.
      Cheers.

      Ed

  2. Anonymous says:

    Have read the tweets ! I understand why you are not continuing. We all have so much to say..... is it correct ? Lots of reads on your tweets to look at...your family and your profession need you more than this endless battle of right or wrong , good or bad ....
    Also your sanity most important.....life can throw people at us with many opinions and judgments, we can have our thoughts and what we see as correct... Also pressing in on a subject your really trying to be kind and compationate about... but we all don’t see clearly how one feels we should .....know you have been heard and meant well ....
    Be well Ed.....

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