The idea that Twitter is unhealthy for individuals HAUNTS the Discourse. The platform’s inherent design encourages toxicity to use on Twitter. There has undoubtedly been some chin-wagging about this. Users are not uncommon to declare that Elon Musk’s attempt to take over the social media platform was the last straw before succumbing to its charm. The fact that prominent figures, dubbed “epistemic elites,” appear to be among the most terminally ill online is even more troubling.
However, as is frequently the case, this is more of a structural issue than a matter of character or willpower. What Twitter broke won’t be fixed by “mindfulness.” Academics, journalists, and politicians should stop using Twitter to reduce Twitter’s negative effects. So it might be wise to ask some of them to leave. But how might one go about doing this?
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Do not make Twitter a requirement for employment
Academicians are strongly adviced to use Twitter for the past few years. It’s seen as a fantastic location to establish your brand, connect with others, and network. Through extensive threads that share research, it has also developed into a leading forum for science communication. Academics from underrepresented backgrounds and those who specialize in less popular fields have benefited from this.
Some people have used Twitter to build audiences for work that would often be locked behind paywalls and padlocks in academic publishing.
However, deeper engagement with the work isn’t usually the result of this.
Most importantly, the frequency of snappy, viral tweets simply intensifies the infamous clubby drama that permeates every industry.
Examine cultural stories more closely
Influential journalists frequently use Twitter. This in return, distorts everyone’s perspective of reality around the toxic Twitter dialogue of the day. Journalists appear to believe that the platform’s trivial disputes represent a current reflection of public sentiment. This is how a New York Times writer claims that the word “woman” is no longer acceptable. And that arcane talk among transgender Twitter users was somehow responsible for the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
A goal Republicans were pursuing for at least three decades prior to the birth of Twitter—comes to pass.
Not every incident of platform drama makes a significant statement about modern society or the human condition. Similarly not every instance of Twitter response to a celebrity gaffe qualifies as a “cancellation.”
Be Wary of Twitter Pundits
For large swaths of the last two years, Twitter was the only method for millions of individuals to interact with their social and political environments.
When a crisis occurs, especially one that is ongoing like the Covid-19 pandemic, which has practically taken over our environment.
It is surrounded by the crying anguish of others and never-ending cathartic screams coming from all over the world. And for those who have lost their connection to the real world, it can be even more harmful.
Since, trapping them in a never-ending cycle of gloomy predictions from Twitter personalities who have built their brands around doomsday scenarios. And have now adopted monkeypox as the latest terrifying fad to terrorise their followers with.