Wednesday, March 7, 2012

From the vault: Hate Twitter? Fine. Stop being so sanctimonious

Reviving a post from December 2010, in honor of Johnathan Franzen, the Twitter hater.
Oh, I don't use Twitter or Tweeter or whatever it's called. I've got too much to do to waste time reading about what somebody else had for lunch!
Are you still making this joke in 2010? If so, I implore you: Stop it. First, passive aggression is beneath you. Yeah, no one misses your implied dig at people who do use Twitter--and who, by your estimation, are lazy gits who have ample time to sit around reading about what other people had for lunch. Secondly, ignorance is nothing to brag about. Describing Twitter as a place where narcissists talk about the minutiae of their lives proves that either you've never actually seen Twitter or that you have no idea how to maximize the use of it.

God save me from sanctimonious Luddites. 

I admit to being a bit of a technophile. I'm not generally a first adopter, but I do enjoy my iPhone, my Kindle and my laptop and the freedom they give me. It's perfectly okay if you don't have, need or want these things. I simply don't understand the idea of making a virtue out of not wanting them. Read comments attached to any article about the Kindle and before long a chorus will chime in thusly:

I could NEVER own a Kindle. I am a TRUE book lover. I love the smell of a book. I love the feel of the pages. 

Now I've been a book nerd since I learned to read, but until the appearance of e-readers I had never heard fellow bibliophiles describe reading in near-pornographic terms. So much smelling and licking and touching! Perhaps I'm not doing this reading thing the right way. More importantly, since when is library humping a sign of literary superiority?

Luddites have this uncanny ability to make their disinterest in technology proof of their evolved character and the trivial nature of everyone else. So too, the technophobe's first cousin, the social media foe.


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