January 20, 2016

"I’d forgotten a reality of the world of Twitter. It’s a different audience, an unknown-by-the-author audience..."

"... especially as a message gets passed around. Over the next few hours, outraged responses poured in by the metric ton. All of them were self-righteously outraged about my closed-mindedness, and old-style thinking, and 'major fail,' and so on. I have never before received anything close to this volume of response on Twitter, and it has never been more vitriolic. And all of it from people taking obvious (to me) sarcasm right at face value."

Writes The Atlantic's James Fallows in "Why Twitter Doesn't Work with Sarcasm, Chap. 823."

His cry of pain boils down to the old Don't you know who I am?

It's supposed to be already understood that he's a good liberal who would never seriously align with Trump and Cruz.



In his natural habitat, he's free to use sarcasm. No one would ever take him for a bad person. But out in the wild world of Twitter, where endless names flow by, he's not free anymore. Sads!

36 comments:

PB said...

Twitter doesn't support sarcasm? Huh?

Appalled said...

His sarcasm is so lame that he deserves the twitter hate. Maybe it will teach him something about the group he chooses to side with.

Henry said...

Major fail on punctuation. Period.

Michael K said...

Twitter always makes me think of a fellow I once met who lisped and kept complaining that the birds twittering woke him up. He prefrred the city.

I suspect that Twitter users (not being one myself) are singularly resistant to humor of any type.

narciso said...

he's the fool that missed the Japanese property bubble, and subsequently was promoted for his negligence,

Fernandinande said...

He's right, though.

We need to import English soccer hooligans (many of them already speak a form of English that some REAL AMERICANS can partially understand), but not import the actual soccer, because that would be cultural appropriation.

Birkel said...

Morons of the world: untie.

(That is written as intended.)

traditionalguy said...

It's the soccer, you sucker. The Brits are into religious blasphemy about any criticism from the colonists rejecting their far superior civilization.

retail lawyer said...

I hear this dude's gone on a jihad against leaf blowers. Right on! He can do it because everybody knows he's not a racist.

eric said...

I thought it was the Republicans who are divisive?

I wonder if people like this ever go through something like this and ask themselves, "and these are the people who are on my side?"

CWJ said...

It's cute when "good liberals" discover what anyone right of center reliably receives when they fail to keep quiet. Other than shock, I doubt they actually learn anything from the experience.

Smilin' Jack said...

Over the next few hours, outraged responses poured in by the metric ton.

Only a furriner-loving America-hating terrorist sympathizer would use the metric system to weigh responses.

EDH said...

What an idiot, on so many levels.

Aside from asserting "Do you know who I am" to attest to his sarcasm, clearly Fallows has never been on the receiving end of left-wing vitriol from the self-righteous vitri-troll army before.

Notice he's only saying "why me" not "why anybody".

And to project his own perception of a Saturday afternoon US network broadcast of English pro soccer as un-American to Trump and Cruz just shows his latent bias as a writer.

In the words of Jeb! maybe Fallows was looking for the Saturday cartoons?

Heck, Trump promoted the Miss Universe pageant.

rehajm said...

Twitter is teaching James Fallows who he is.

mezzrow said...

Now he knows how the fish feels when its yanked out of the water.

Quite a shock, eh?

mezzrow said...

Perhaps I could introduce him to a cabal of free marketeer minarchist Everton supporters from America. We would buy each other another round as we watched his tiny head explode.

It's a big world and there's so much to do.

Kate said...

But his tweet isn't funny. Or witty. Or biting.

A successful tweet, believe it or not, is a beautifully crafted art form. Part poetry, part comedic timing, a great tweet isn't something you can casually bang out. His tweet is too long, too laden with information, and tries to convey too many opinions at once.

And complaining about twitter because you're butthurt is even more pitiful. Love the frame or go back to your preferred writing style.

damikesc said...

Twitter is a dying format anyways.

mccullough said...

Soccer is cultural appropriation. We are supposed to detest British colonialism but love soccer? Many progressives love soccer and detest football. Football, like baseball and basketball, is an American sport, not one foisted on the world by imperialists.

Gahrie said...

After all these years, why hasn't the internet adopted a sarcasm tag yet?

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Quaestor said...

Sarcasm is the weakest wit, even masters of the craft read as petty and pestiferous. Spoken face to face sarcasm has its place, but it is still best exercised by its natural constiuency -- upper-middle class suburban teenage females. Hoary-bearded Manhattan scribblers who use sarcasm are scraping the bottom of the barrel, wisecrack-wise. To try it on Twitter is just stupid.

Oops. Another auto-correct betrayal. Damn that Apple. Damn them, I say!

AF said...

Am I missing the self-parody in this post because taken at face value it's dumb as a rock. The sarcasm in the tweet is obvious regardless whether you know who James Fallows is. For one thing, I haven't noticed Trump or Cruz insulting English people.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

I haven't noticed Trump or Cruz insulting English people.

As I recall, Obama is the one that does that.

JAORE said...

Most on the right would have seen it as a joke, or ignored such a trifle.

Quaestor said...

Many progressives love soccer and detest football.

Why? Because soccer is two loosely knit bands of persons in shorts (the Althouse anathema!) milling around aimlessly for two hours to produce a futile nil-nil result, which nicely sums up any endeavor run by a proglodyte, be it a vegan barbecue or a global warming summit.

Carol said...

What Kate said. I love Twitter - not to tweet so much as to follow others who are good at it, like Kaus and Ace, and to laugh at spoof accounts like Bad Advice Dog and President Trump. And it's nice to get right in someone's face now and then (or their social media aide's face, whatever).

I've seen the internet's instant blowback make other tired old philosophes like Fallows into better debaters, after they get over themselves.

It's not too late for him.

Bobby said...

mezzrow,

Where do you watch Everton? Do you think the Toffees are going to hang on to Lukaku during this transfer window?

Chris N said...

Go full male vocal fry about talk about 'structural racism'

Bingo!

Char Char Binks said...

Quotation marks are not sufficient to signal virtue, it seems (snark [sarc. {sic}]).

Sam L. said...

Ah feeelz fer him!

ganderson said...

I like the "doing the crossword'. Boy are you smart, Jimmy-Boy!

Michael K said...

Metric ton should be spelled tonne.

Unknown said...

He's just another a$$hole.

MPH said...

That was a pretty good tweet.