Politics & Media
Apr 13, 2009, 05:24AM

The Right's Twitter

It seems the Right has been jumping on the Twitter bandwagon at a faster rate than the Left—whether that's a good thing (for the Right) or not remains to be seen.


Because the Left has seized higher ground on the wider blogosphere, the Right has turned its focus to Twitter, and Rob Neppell's TCOT has helped them organize things like the aforementioned Tea Parties. Of course, this is why the Right went to the blogosphere eight years ago: they perceived the mainstream media as being controlled by the Left. There is obviously a pattern here, and it owes to the Right often considering itself in an oppositional role to the prevailing culture. (This is the same reason why the right-wing editorial positions of thetabloid New York Post and tabloid-y Fox News are so compelling; being oppositional is controversial and being controversial is fun.)

  • I thought the debate on the merits of Twitter had already come to a close: If politicians are hoping to use it as a vehicle to stay connected to the people and deliver thoughtful arguments and insight, well that's just lazy. How can any constituent be satisfied with a one sentence response to issues? Plus status updates already exist on Facebook and Gmail and whatever the fuck else. There's nothing that "remains to be seen," except for more ultimately pointless (and message-less) tweets.

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