WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Bye bye birdy?

I’ve participated in a lot of boycotts in my time. It’s one way to express outrage in situations where you have no other power but your body or your cash, since it’s pretty clear that writing letters has no effect on corporations or legislators. There are people with a lot more cash than you have, and they’re the ones those guys listen to. But you can take some satisfaction that the entity you’re outraged at doesn’t get any of your money or support.

I’ve been boycotting the entire American South since 1996, for instance. So easy.

Harder to boycott Missouri, since my family lives there. And that leads me to the news that it looks like Elon Musk is going to succeed in his hostile takeover of Twitter.

My gut says to drop the blue bird like a hot turd, especially if @realDonaldTrump is reinstated, but my head says wait a minute: You’re pretty entrenched on Twitter, aren’t you?

As a matter of fact, my Twitter anniversary is tomorrow, I do believe: 9 years. Thousands of tweets. A multitude of lame jokes, retweeted memes, book promos, songs, gifs, notions, flags up flagpoles, and spontaneous non sequiturs. It’s been fun, mostly. Sometimes frustrating. Often a waste of time, but usually I get a kick out of what I see there, and I hope my tweets make people smile, laugh, nod, or even cringe. It’s all about interaction, hearing lots of voices.

Musk says he’s going to put the thing on hyper-free-speech mode, and that’s what worries me and a lot of other Twitterers. We all know Trump’s coming back. We know the GQP trolls will be out in force. We know the ivermectin merchants will be spewing disinformation, and pro-Putin propagandists will smear Ukraine as a neo-Nazi beehive.

I will promptly block Trump. That’s a given. I’ll mute any so and so who uses “2020 election” and “rigged” in the same Tweet. I can handle conservative ideas if they’re presented in a real-world context, but nowadays it seems like “free speech” gives them license to call all Democrats groomers of pedophiles, and that I can’t abide.

So for now, if this Musk deal goes through, I’ll stay on the platform so I can keep talking to my pals out there. But if this thing gets into high-grade toxicity, I’ll bail in a heartbeat and go one-on-one with my pals via email. Or hand-written letters! That I could get into.

There is one boycott I intend to maintain though. Another easy one: I’ll never buy a goddamn Tesla, I can guarantee that!

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11 comments on “Bye bye birdy?

  1. kingmidget
    April 26, 2022

    Blocking and muting are my friends over on Twitter.

    • Kevin Brennan
      April 26, 2022

      I haven’t had to do much of that, but I have a feeling it’s gonna ramp up soon enough. 😈

      • kingmidget
        April 26, 2022

        To be honest, I don’t see a lot of the crazies. It all has to do with who you follow and engage with. I think. Stay away from trending topics too.

  2. Pamela Beckford
    April 26, 2022

    The good news is that Musk wants us to see what we want (or something like that). So, unless you follow some of the toxic people, maybe it won’t show up on your feed. At least that’s my hope. I just want everyone to quit talking about EM altogether – I’m tired of him.

    • Kevin Brennan
      April 26, 2022

      True. Usually crummy stuff comes into my view only when someone retweets it. Fairly easy to avoid having my head explode. Still, I read just now that Tucker Carlson says, “We’re back, baby!” & that makes me kind of 🤢.

      • Marie A Bailey
        April 26, 2022

        I thought Tucker Carlson once said under oath that no one should take him seriously.

      • Kevin Brennan
        April 26, 2022

        I’m honoring that request.

  3. Marie A Bailey
    April 26, 2022

    I’ll be muting whatever crap shows up in my feed. I’ve blocked people before (usually bots), but muting might be a better option. I’m guilty of doing exactly what I advise everyone else to do: ignore the lies and hypocrisy (especially from FL’s gov) so it’s on me to restrain myself from looking at “trends.” So I’m staying on Twitter for the foreseeable future. I think it was Mark who suggested that Musk will likely get bored with Twitter after a while and move on so … fingers crossed on that!

    • Kevin Brennan
      April 26, 2022

      I’ve been pretty lucky about keeping garbage out of my face on Twitter, TBH, so I guess if I can avoid that I’ll be OK with it. After all, Trump was there for years before he got kicked off and I didn’t leave. 🙄

  4. Gary Trujillo
    April 26, 2022

    I’m just going to take it one tiny step further and boycott humanity as a whole.

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