Why Twttr Is Useless As Well As Evil
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: