Oh and it’s also full of the most nauseatingly sanctimonious people you could ever ‘meet.’
If they’re not expressing their outrage at 'inequality' capitalism, 'nazis' or if they're spending hour upon hour photo-shopping pictures of Donald Trump, they’re shooting their mouths off about topics about which they have absolutely no idea e.g. life.
Winding them up is kids play, it really is. Do read on…
Now Twitter doesn’t like Donald Trump. Please note that I, like other commentators, now refer to Twitter in the singular, i.e. as one homogenous mass. The reason is fairly simple: for those of you who don’t venture into this narcissistic world populated by students, ‘activists’, SJWs, narcissists and just every insufferable twat going, let me tell you they are very much one and the same thing.
If I tell you that 'racist’ ‘bigot’ and ‘white supremacist’ are among their favourite memes, then you’ll get the picture. Groupthink rules the day. Infused with left wing dogma but little in the way of critical thinking, twitter believes…well it believes what the media oligarchs want it to believe. But I digress.
I like to think of Twitter as being rather like a primary school playground, full of squealing children. If you can cast your mind back as far and recall the amount of bullying, name-calling and sheer vindictiveness from those years, then the analogy will be no doubt ring true.
Earlier this week I decided to venture into the playground. Calling out the Twitter Taliban is always fun and like I said, all too easy. When I step inside the Twitter ring I know how Muhammad Ali must have once felt; unbeatable, invincible. Contradiction and superficiality abound.
So I take a look around the schoolyard. What are the narcissistic bullies doing today?
Sure enough there’s a tweet from someone calling out Donald Trump’s ‘racism.’ Yawn. Did I mention that Twitter also hates the Republican presidential candidate?
In an attempt to smear the billionaire businessman Twitter, lead by its left wing high command, has
been desperately trying to link Trump’s name with the Ku Klux Klan for several days now. Desperate because there is actually no evidence to support this contention other than the hate-infused ‘journalism’ of a few mainstream media hacks from the likes of far left organisations such as Politico and The Huffington Post.
The fact that there is no supporting evidence hasn’t stopped them either. Since when did evidence or facts count for anything? Oh they'll shout something about Mexicans, border walls and immigration, in the hope that legally managed migration policy and racism will somehow be conflated - which it is, all too often.
When it is pointed out to them that significant numbers of hispanics and African Americans are also in favour of border controls, and therefore must be equally 'racist,' they'll either resort to hysteria or they'll simply just vanish into thin air. Mostly though it's hysteria: Contradict a liberal, behold a fascist.
Working on the theory that if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth, ideologically infused media such as the Huffington Post and New York Times have bombarded their readers with their pernicious opinions lately. It’s been as ugly as it has incessant.
Their ‘evidence’ of Trump’s 'racism' is as flimsy as it comes: Trump, they contend, has not disavowed the KKK. Well neither have I. Nor have I disavowed bestiality, incest or Kenny Rogers for that matter. But it don’t mean I necessarily endorse them.
But it gets worse, much worse.
There’s a rather interesting photograph doing the rounds (not in the mainstream media of course) of a certain Hilary Clinton right now. In the photograph the Democratic presidential candidate is seen giving somebody a peck on the cheek which could only be described as affectionate. And the recipient of this favour? A certain Robert Byrd, once a member of….
The KKK. You couldn’t make this up.
Huffington Post? Silence. New York Times? Silence. Not only have the Liberal media ignored this damming image, they appear mysteriously unaware of the existence of a eulogy from Mrs Clinton upon the death of said Mr Byrd. Dynamite right? Not quite.
I’ll leave you to imagine the response from the pious Huffington Post and their Twitter robots had Trump himself actually snogged a member of the Klan.
But it doesn't end there. Twitter is forever expressing it's fear of a Trump presidency. They're scared, terrified with some even threatening (or should that be promising?) to move to Canada. A Trump White House is that terrifying.
So, let's just take stock: The disastrous foreign policy of successive American regimes - the Bushes, Clintons and Obamas - which has lead to unprecedented death, destruction and instability in the places such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan is preferable to Trump?
Could anyone possibly screw up the ME any worse than these people have managed between them?
And what about Russia? As Obama and British PM Cameron edge us ever closer to armed conflict with Russia, and possibly into World War III, Twitter is scared what Donald Trump might do? Serious?
I'll tell you who - or more precisely - what terrifies me: The Liberal political and media establishment. If anyone is going to sign the death warrant of the west then it's this collection of self loathing, bomb dropping left wing fascists.
But back to that tweet.
So….this pious tweeter had very considerately attached ‘evidence’ of Mr Trump’s ‘racism’ to his tweet. Things are getting better. This is post-meme Twitter. Whatever next? Original thoughts on Twitter? Critical thinking?
In my experience Social media is more suited to hysteria than rational debate. Thinking sucks.
The Tweeter quoted research stating that 20% of Trump’s supporters are still in favour of slavery. When I say research, this wasn’t research that I, an academic, would recognise. Most glaringly of all, the ‘research’ failed to disclose any of its methods of data collection. So just how did it obtain its data? Bribery, blackmail or just good old fashioned forgery?
More importantly is the question of who. Enquiring minds will already be wondering about the identity of those who actually carried out this ‘research’ and just as importantly at whose bequest they did this 'research.' And that's where it starts to get really interesting...
It turns out that the company who carried out this ‘research’ is a company by the name of PPP – Public Policy Polling. Sounds pretty official right? That’s what you’re supposed to think. A little more digging reveals that all is not what it seems with PPP. This is what the National Review has to say about this organisation:
Indeed, the PPP client list reads like a who's who of North Carolina Democratic politics. Publications that cited the firm's polls without mentioning any Democratic affiliation include the Washington Post, Politico, the Chicago Sun-Tunes, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Dayton Daily News, the Austin American-Statesman, AOL' s Politics Daily, The Atlantic, The Hill, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and local North Carolina television stations.
One GOP consultant in the state notes that the firm's name echoes those of the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University and the Carolina Institute for Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, two genuinely nonpartisan educational institutions.
Thus it appears that the data used to support these racist anti-Trump smears was delivered by affiliates of the Democrat party.
Armed with this knowledge I tweeted back the provenance of the research to the original tweeter. Did he know that his ‘evidence’ of Trump racism had been funded by the Republican's opponents? I assumed that I did not have to spell out the very real possibility of bias and the like. Or maybe I did.
I got my ‘answer’ a day later when the tweeter mentioned me in a tweet to a friend: “This guy is mad. Just blocked him. Don’t want to talk to his ilk.”
Which I think just about says it all.
It's hard to avoid the conclusion that we are now indeed living in the post-factual age - An age where conclusions are based upon nothing more than sensations, feelings, hunches and just about anything that confirms one’s own prejudices. Bias confirmation you can call it.
My little tweeter, instead of taking stock and asking himself some questions regarding the reliability of his ‘evidence,’ simply chose to ignore that which did not coincide with his preconceived ‘narrative.’ Then again I guess the thought of engaging with anything containing more than 140 characters must have been quite a daunting prospect.
When facts contradict your “narrative” simply block them and retreat into your safe space. Little wonder that social media attracts the worst kind of people: lazy, spiteful, narcissists to whom the words research and critical thinking are anathema.
Welcome to the very scary Twitter playground where hashtag zombies await intent on taking a bite out of your cyber flesh.