How Twitter Degrades Discourse and Encourages Distortions: Illustrated by ex-Pentagon Official and NYU Law Professor Ryan Goodman

How Twitter Degrades Discourse and Encourages Distortions: Illustrated by ex-Pentagon Official and NYU Law Professor Ryan Goodman

There are multiple reasons political discourse is degraded by the fact that it now plays out primarily on Twitter, reasons that are inherent in that site’s format and functionality: the elimination of nuance due to space constraints; mob behavior coercing adherence to group-think orthodoxies; the addict-like, insatiable craving for re-tweets and likes which the brain processes as approval and for […]

‘Ridiculous’ v ‘right thing to do’: Twitter split after Netflix fires communication boss over N-word

‘Ridiculous’ v ‘right thing to do’: Twitter split after Netflix fires communication boss over N-word

The Netflix chief spokesman was fired over the use of the N-word during a meeting on insensitive words with his staff. While some people on Twitter hailed the online streaming giant’s decision, others slammed it as ridiculous. “I’m leaving Netflix after seven years,” Jonathan Friedland wrote in an apologetic post on Twitter, saying he “was […]

Posh London school’s ‘Austerity Day’ lunch turns stomachs on Twitter

Posh London school’s ‘Austerity Day’ lunch turns stomachs on Twitter

A London private school’s ‘Austerity Day’ lunch has been met with a fierce response online, with many accusing the £24,000-a-year school of being tasteless and out of touch over the meal. While St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith normally feeds its students the likes of duck leg confit and slow-baked Moroccan lamb, its idea of […]

Deserving or disastrous? Scorching roast of White House’s Sanders sets Twitter on fire

Deserving or disastrous? Scorching roast of White House’s Sanders sets Twitter on fire

Liberals and conservatives are locked in a Twitter battle over the roasting of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the correspondents’ dinner. Rulings range from “she deserved it” to “pathetic.” The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is famous for poking fun at US officials, from presidents to secretaries of state and others. Even though […]