“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”.
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.”
Get off Twitter.
And get with your people.