One-Liner Wednesday — Freedom of Speech

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought, which they seldom use.”

Søren Kierkegaard, Danish theologian, philosopher, poet, and social critic, who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher

Could this man, who died in 1855, have been prescient enough to have foreseen Twitter?


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #189

FPQ

Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Elon Musk (Getty Images)

I don’t have an active Twitter account, so I really have no skin in this game. But I’m interested in what those of you are on Twitter think about Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media site and of his subsequent actions at Twitter.

In short order, Musk dissolved Twitter’s board of directors, named himself CEO, fired top officials such as the chief executive and chief financial officer, took the company private, fired half of its employees, and has started charging $8 a month to have a “verified” account.

So here is my provocative question for this week.

Whether or not you have a Twitter account, how do you feel about Musk’s takeover of Twitter and the changes he’s made so far. Do you care one way or the other? If you currently are on Twitter, do you plan to continue actively using it?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

TGIF — The World’s All Atwitter About Twitter

Paula Light, at Light Motifs II, has this prompt she calls TGIF. She encourages us to take this opportunity to openly chat or Jabber about anything we want.

Paula mentioned that she has deactivated her Twitter account now that “egomaniac” Elon Musk has taken it over. Good for Paula. I’m not on Twitter, but were I, I would do what Paula did.

And on a related note, this cartoon from Paul Noth at The New Yorker magazine showed up in my email a few minutes ago, so I thought I’d share it with you. Seems relevant.

And on that note, happy TGIF, everyone.

Blogging Insights — Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote, unattributed, is…

Twitter is like a calling card. Facebook is like a phone call. Blogging is like a full-fledged conversation!”

Bear in mind that I don’t have a Twitter account. So anything I have to say about Twitter is based upon my impressions more than on personal experiences. I do have a Facebook account, but I haven’t posted there in years. I only keep it because my adult children use it. Same with Instagram. I never post anything to Instagram, but my kids do, and that’s the only reason I have it. I have no other social media accounts.

WordPress provides an electronic, internet-based medium for bloggers, so it technically is a media site. And it is arguably a social site because of the interactions among the WordPress community of bloggers. But I don’t think of WordPress as a “social media” site per se, like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok.

Were I to try to draw an analogy between Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress (i.e., blogging), instead of calling card, phone call, and conversation, I’d go with an eating establishments analogy. Twitter is like a fast food place, Facebook is perhaps like a local diner, and WordPress is like a fine dining restaurant.

If I want mental nourishment and to experience something of substance, I’ll pass on fast foods and local diners. I’ll head straight for that fine dining experience with good friends and family. My WordPress good friends and family.

FFfPP — #Hashtag

When Elon Musk pulled out of this $44 billion dollar purchase of Twitter, he decided to start his own competing social media company and he named it “#Hashtag.” Musk spent billions buying land and building a corporate headquarters campus for #Hashtag. At the entrance to the new corporate headquarters building, he had a giant golden hashtag erected, depicting the official corporate logo.

#Hashtag was about as successful as Truth Social, the social media company Donald Trump set up after he was permanently banned from Twitter. In the end, both Musk’s and Trump’s social media enterprises failed.


Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Eberhard Grossgasteiger on Unsplash.