If you want a vision of the future, imagine a tweet stamping on a human face – forever

by John Holbo on October 1, 2017

Just a thought. I’m not on Twitter so it works as a post title. It flattered my vanity that, when I googled, no one had made the joke yet.



Jim Buck 10.01.17 at 3:07 pm

Tweet? Twoot goes better with boot.


Glen Tomkins 10.01.17 at 3:31 pm

Does Google search Twitter?


Painedumonde 10.01.17 at 5:17 pm

There. Are. Four. Lights.


Ross Smith 10.01.17 at 8:59 pm

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a foot stuck in a human mouth – forever.


John Holbo 10.02.17 at 1:19 am

“Does Google search Twitter?”

I don’t think so, actually. But all I care about is that I get to claim I didn’t swipe it. Over on Facebook I started by making a joke that the internet era might be shaping up as the ‘misanthropocene’. Then it turned out that already got used in the New Yorker.


Mario 10.02.17 at 9:56 pm

Google searches twitter to some extent at least. You can type a name and ‘twitter’ next to it, and you get the person’s account.

Twitter may end up mostly not on the face of humanity, but in its brain (think cysticercosis). Imagine twitter being the main channel of political discourse – forever!


Anarcissie 10.03.17 at 12:14 am

One might want to consider that Twitter may improve the rest of the Net by drawing its participants away from other discursive venues. Think of how much worse your favorite forum or blog would be if hosts of Twittists twitted therein.


Lyle 10.03.17 at 9:28 am

>all I care about is that I get to claim I didn’t swipe it.

Yes, sadly, one’s own vanity is so often more important than the actual problem at hand.

This place has become rather moribund, and perhaps this post is as good a symptom as any to point to while trying to figure out why.


mclaren 10.06.17 at 6:42 am

I love Mario’s suggestion that all political discourse gets throttled down to twitter forever.
If we’re lucky, the political discourse will wind up as:
NO! (repeat ad infinitum)

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