Maggie is done with you, Twitter people

I’m generally not a big fan of of the theatrics and drama of people who declare that they’re leaving Twitter. Just go, already, if it’s not for you.

Everyone who’s on Twitter already knows it’s become a cesspool of bickering and politics since, well, you know. That’s not all Twitter is, of course, but it can easily give you a skewed perspective of the human condition and that can be exhausting.

There are ways around this, of course. First, put down the phone. And don’t pick it up first thing in the morning while you’re taking care of the things most people do first thing in the morning. Second, put down the phone. That’s also third, fourth, and fifth.

Somewhere around sixth or seventh is “follow more accounts about dogs,” but I digress.

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman on Friday explained why she’s put down the phone.

Haberman has a good reason for not wanting to be consumed by it all anymore. She’s a White House correspondent, a species that is known for not having lives.

It’s probably no fun at all to start each day with an endless list of notifications, tweets to remind you how much you stink at your job. But let’s not get carried away in the drama. She penned her Twitter farewell Friday under the heading “news analysis.”

Twitter has stopped being a place where I could learn things I didn’t know, glean information that was free from errors about a breaking news story or engage in a discussion and be reasonably confident that people’s criticisms were in good faith.

Just go, already.

Related: When outrage is all the rate, progressive politics suffers (Boston Globe)

  • KTFoley
    • Jerry

      I feel if your going to spend time staring at a screen to get information, it is a lot better to do it on a smart device than at a television, especially cable news.

      • I subscribed to Sling on my smart TV in the spring so I could watch the Bruins playoff run. haven’t had a chance to cancel it yet but spent about 10 minutes yesterday watching CNN.

        Sweet Jesus, what garbage.

        • Mike Worcester

          I downloaded the Al Jazeera app onto our smart tv and I have to say it’s refreshing to watch their news. Now if only the BBC would have a similar app so I could watch them again also.

          • Joseph

            There may be a BBC America app — worth checking. I have the BBC News app on my phone and love that. The only two news apps I have are BBC and NPR.

        • Erik Petersen

          Sling is a pretty great way to cut the cord from Comcast cable though… although in the east metro you’re still obligated to use Comcast internet

          • I have Century Link which is just as bad as Xfinity/Comcast. I don’t do cable TV, though. I’ll probably get rid of Sling until next spring shortly. The only other use I have for it are Twins-Indians games, which are blacked out on MLB.TV.

        • SlingTV – I was able watch the FIFA World Cup and am now watching the Tour de France (on my computer in the background) via my SlingTV account, all while being able to impart my wit right here on NewsCut everyday.

          I DO get some work done, on occasion…

          I still have Comcast for my internet provider though, but it’s $70 for a 250 Mbps plan. I’m still waiting for US Internet to come to my Minneapolis home (CL has had fiber in front of my home for a couple years now, but Comcast is still cheaper.).

          • Jack

            This is really helpful information. We made the decision that we would revisit cable after the World Cup was done.

            Is your Comcast internet standalone (i.e., no phone)?

          • Correct. Just the internet.

            I can get OTA HD TV with an antenna which cost me about $30 (although some stations don’t come in very well due to the age of my TVs and my location.

        • Erik Petersen

          As long as we’re talking about how to watch TV… I want to watch a real BBC stream at home, and the other British channels, like ch 4. How is that done.

          • JamieHX

            I’m not sure if this answers your question exactly, but there are a couple of streaming services I know of that carry British tv: one exclusively British, and the other almost so. They are BritBox and Acorn. BritBox (owned by BBC Worldwide and ITV) says they have “dramas, comedies, mysteries, documentaries, lifestyle and more.” It’s only $6.99 per month. I have Acorn (only $4.99/mo) but haven’t had time to use it as much as I’d like. I don’t know if either of them streams BBC NEWS (don’t think so), but you can get *SOME* BBC news several times a day on MPR and a couple times a day on public tv, and then for several hours on MPR overnight.

        • Erik Petersen

          I think the value proposition of sling is alright…. $26/mo for twins games and some other stuff

      • KTFoley

        Or, use a computer so that the internet doesn’t automatically accompany you on a walk, in a car, at dinner with friends, in the bathroom, at the kids’ soccer games, while waiting in line.

        We’ve re-categorized every playtoy app to a life necessity in the name of all the time we “save” buying movie tickets and looking up addresses with our phone. We barely notice how much of that time — and more — has been sucked up by social media platforms, etc., on the very same phone.

        And we almost never notice how the notion of “quality time” fell out of favor once we decided it was okay to sit across the table from one another without eye contact or polite conversation so long as the screen display held something, anything, to look at.

        • Jerry

          I essentially watch zero tv and spend no time in front of a computer, and I think my life is better for it.

        • One of the things about Twitter that led me to put it away is I started seeing things in 280-characters. Everything in my head was in tweet form. Fortunately, it only took a couple of weeks of being off it to recalibrate the brain.

  • Jerry

    If you find yourself getting into stupid arguments on social media; that’s on you, not the platform. You don’t have to engage. You can filter your feed.

    Though I admit it can be hard to walk away sometimes.

    • I think it’s the notifications that caused her consternation. The Twitter tools for notifications stink.

      • MikeB

        A lot of abuse was directed her way as people still blame the messenger. On Twitter she did provide insight and context. Understandable that the self-appointed experts who never read the articles lessens the experience.

        Twitter does need to fix its bot and hate speech problem. It’s not sustainable.

  • Tyler

    Interesting. Maggie is the most sycophantic reporter of Trump at the NYT. Ironic that their ‘best’ Trump reporter is ditching Twitter, considering her source.