Twittering has to be a symptom of a dysfunctional society.
[ 2010 – April : I had to update the blog post since Nadines Blog had changed the links where I could find the story ]
Well that is the view of Nadine Dorries – MP for Mid-Bedfordshire whose current blog post on her lack of interest on joining twitter leaves me yet again shaking my head that people who blog can do so in such an incredible information vacum.
Lets address some of the more interesting points ?
Did I really want to know what three hundred followers made of the film ‘In The Loop’. One opinion would do.
Well yes one comment might do, providing its the right one, however a sample set of several hundred comments which give you a more rounded and informed view of an opinion is a good thing. Having good , relevant and up to date information is very, very, important and I would hope all our MPs would consider this the case.
Twittering has to be a symptom of a dysfunctional society. You know the one I’m talking about; when people don’t talk to, care about, help, consider or even interact with each other anymore. A survey last week found that the average Briton has three good friends.
Could it be a symptom of people finding ways to reach out beyond their own physical locations and finding new ways to make friends via a wider space. I know that I would hope my experiences and life views would be beyond the village walls? As for for three good friends ? Are we playing a numbers game with whom can have the most best friends ? Surely it is better for a person to have ANY friend they can call good than to play a numbers game of good and close vs far and virtual ?
Three good friends will be down to one in ten years as a whole generation of children who should have been kicking a ball around and building dens, take to the streets and discover that they don’t know how to cope, lacking the ability to share or socially interact. Largely due to spending their childhood on an X box or a lap top. Maybe twitter is where they will turn to for comfort.
There is plenty of other reports and surveys to demonstrate that online network building and gameplay only serve to encourage, promote and improve social skills. Especially for those for whom kicking a football around is not the preffered activity of choice. The question I would ask is , what was the survey really trying to prove ?
Might I suggest that for as much as there are things you may not wish to Twitter there are so many more things you certainly shouldnt blog.
You may however be interested in reading these articles to gain a more informed position on where Twitter and Social Networks are as a tool in modern society, politics and people.
The Conservatives own Web Page , which has a link for twitter on its main page. Or an article I wrote on the topic An Article on how I have used twitter to discuss Parish Council experiences.
Perhaps you would like to come with me to a Tuttle Club meeting at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and meet and talk to the many great , creative and smart people . People whom I know are already hard at work using Twitter, Blogs, Video blogs as well as actual face to face meetings.
I leave that response entirely to you.
Thanks for Reading.