A small story:

"I'm sorry," someone who knows me in three dimensions says apologetically, "I'm not on Twitter."

It's fair for them to assume this will wound me deeply. As I have noted before, "I was on Twitter" will always be my alibi, no matter the day or time.
Anyone who spends as much time as I do on here must like it.


"Good for you!" I say supportively to the non-Twitter person, then add, "And never start. It's a septic tank."

I believe this.

Turns out, I'm that bacteria which has evolved to thrive in septic tanks.
Until this morning, my answer was always, "There is no good reason an emotionally healthy and fully-actualized person should be on Twitter. The Nazis alone are reason enough. Also, no edit button."

This morning, I received a text from a friend's son, newly in this tank.
His plans, as befit someone not yet 30, are inchoate but may involve public service at some point. He is careful on here, bright, engaging with the kind of people he hopes to work with, for, at some point. I have read his Tweets; he's doing fine.
He tweeted something this morning that was deeply inoffensive. I won't quote it exactly or even paraphrase but imagine it was, "I just looked out the window at the beautiful morning in my city."

Who could take umbrage at that?

We veterans laugh, hollowly.
What followed was a spontaneous tiny outpouring of poorly-aimed rage.

"A window once closed on my finger!"

"What's your problem with doors?"

"Not everyone can see CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE."

"You know who else had windows? HITLER AND BENGHAZI."

Classic septic tank.
He texted me saying, in effect, "Wh-"

I wrote back, "You are not on Twitter when you make an account. You are on Twitter when you are defending something which in no other corner of the world would be under attack."

I sent the Tweet, thought, continued.
"The only purpose," I texted, "And I mean THE ONLY PURPOSE the godforsaken place serves is that your skin will thicken at an exponential rate, which will serve you well in public service. My brother-in-law worked for a notoriously difficult boss in a company. Lots of screaming."
"When asked how he just seemed to ignore it when no one else could, he would say, 'I worked in and ran bars and nightclubs for twenty years. If you are coming through the door and you're not holding a shotgun or a subpoena, you're just not that much of a threat."
"Twitter," I finished texting, "Will give you my brother-in-law's perspective in less than a year."

"That's," he texted back, "Sort of comforting but also terrifying, sad and stupid."


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