Along with all the crazy news that has been coming down the pike in the past few months, there was the takeover of Twitter. Elon Musk paid $44 billion for the social media service.
Though I never really used Twitter except to read what others were saying, I deleted my account in response. I won’t miss it.
In a tweet, Mr. Musk said he didn’t buy the firm “to make more money. “I did it to try to help humanity, whom I love”.
How many of you believe that?
Elon Musk & His Questionable Tactics:
Mr. Musk’s intent seems to be to unleash the reins of Twitter’s past management of verbal nastiness. For instance, in the past you could not tweet “hateful conduct” or incite violence. Who knows what kind of brawls will be allowed now?
In today’s technology blog Engadget: “Elon Musk gives employees two days to commit to ‘hardcore’ Twitter or lose their jobs.”
He told his employees to sign the email agreeing to his ultimatums or take the severance package and go. Many have already headed for the door or been pushed out of it.
The new boss also told staff to expect fewer perks overall and 80-hour weeks.
Seems to me that he’s throwing everything imaginable at the wall to see what will bring in more revenue.
And then there’s this headline today: Should I delete my DMs? What Twitter has on you, and what you can and can’t do about it.
So Twitter as well as Facebook went into my social media trashcan. I’d rather look at pretty photos on Pinterest.
Digital Newspaper Reading:
Instead, I decided to go in a different direction. I subscribed to The New York Times and The Washington Post. Both have robust lifestyle sections, which I plan to thoroughly explore. And each digital subscription was just $4 a month.
I like to read about books and decorating. And food as well as home and garden articles.
Two of my favorite things to do has always been reading or writing. When I was a girl I wanted to be a writer like the American humorist Erma Bombeck.
Social Media Nastiness:
What I’m really tired of reading is the nastiness that seems to be so popular today. The infighting and the bullies and the mocking and calling of names.
What does that kind of behavior teach the children growing up today? I shudder to contemplate that.
It’s hard to get my mind around the concept that some use this kind of tawdriness to entertain others. Not to mention the people standing or sitting still long enough to be “entertained” by it.
How did things get so ugly?
Do you like to read Twitter or Facebook or any of the other “jab and be jabbed” social media sites?
At this point, I think I’d rather be stung by a wasp. Better to get it over with than to wait in suspense.