I have had several conversations with people who, when I argue that it is morally indefensible to use Twttr, respond by saying, “But that’s where people are.” Most of the people who say that are writers trying to promote their books on there, and they seem not to realise that if social media helped sell books, they would be among the world’s bestselling authors, which, to make an enormous understatement, they are not.
The alternative to Twttr, Mastodon, is not only morally superior to surveillance capitalism (which is not difficult), it is superior in its effectiveness as media. One of the writers on there I find the most interesting is Aral Balkan, a creator of Small Tech. A recent post of his shows that Twtter is simply not fit for purpose:
I spent most of January 6 reading news updates about the attempted coup in the US. I lived there for 22 years, and was among the minority on the left who predicted that Trump would become President, but, even though I left immediately after he was sworn in, I never imagined it becoming so dystopian so quickly. I am grateful to be in Scotland.
You are an impressively meticulous reporter. You are also thin-skinned and self-absorbed, and, as I have previously written (while defending you), you have a tendency to embarrass yourself when you take things personally.