I rarely talk about politics, philosophy, theology, or anything else that matters on Twitter.
Why? I have several reasons:
- I can’t stand it when I follow someone because I’m interested in their thoughts on design and CSS architecture, and am then subjected to their political views. I don’t want to be that person to anyone else.
- Nobody’s mind will be changed, so it would have no purpose except to make me feel better.
- I’m used to my views being heterodox to both the Left and the Right, so it would more likely be an exercise in self-flagellation.
- Twitter leaves no room for nuance, and I can’t think of a single opinion I have that doesn’t require some nuance. I’m not interested in spewing aphorisms. Those aphorisms are part of the reason our political climate is what it is.
- Twitter makes any political statement sound arrogant.
- Twitter makes any political statement sound like a rant.
Talking about politics on social media almost always leads to someone losing respect for someone else. Respect is the key to healthy discourse, and any medium that doesn’t foster an environment of respect is unsuitable for talking about serious things.
There are many venues which are conducive for discussing serious things, but Twitter isn’t one of them. (Nor is Medium, in my opinion, because of similar echo chamber effects. Has anyone’s mind ever been changed by a Medium post? Has any political Medium post that you disagree with not come across as arrogant?)