2017-03-02 13:37:09 UTC
For better or for worse, it's obviously an important medium. During
the last administration, it was certainly around, but not ubiquitous.
Some people ask: "Why didn't people react when Obama put his feet on
the desk?" ... well, they did! The blogs certainly reacted; however,
at that time, we had not been "Twitterfied". (There's the title: "The
Twitterfication of America".) I have to go to a site and take the
time to read a blog; with Twitter, I simply react to what is
essentially a digital bumper sticker.
2016 is the first election that unfolded with heavy tweeting from all
sides. Whether the Trump campaign used the medium effectively or not
is debatable; however, they certainly used it *heavily*; a day never
passed without multiple tweets from the candidate, quite a few of
which hurt more than helped his candidacy IMHO.
Thus, the 2016 campaign helped to bring Twitter into adulthood. Now,
when a picture of Kellyanne with her feet on the couch (actually, I
think it was more about her ungraceful position wearing the dress),
Twitter explodes... and it's: "Oh, they're tweeting the president *so*
unfairly! SAD! SAD! SAD!" which is about all one can get into a tweet.
That's the way it is today; if you have ever been in a chicken house,
you will understand the metaphor: that's Twitter. If a pecan falls on
the roof, it explodes in a fury of feathers and fowl squawking... and
I shouldn't have to tell Kellyanne that.