Twitter is gay

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So naturally when I asked frequent commenter and friend, djwild11 when he was going to start blogging, he wrote the following…

Did you happen to read what Kid Rock had to say about twitter?

“…If one more person asks me if I have a Twitter, I’m going to tell them, ‘Twitter this [bleep], mother[bleep]er. I don’t have anything to say, and what I have to say is not that relevant. Anything that is relevant, I’m going to bottle it up and then squeeze it onto a record somewhere.”

And the relevance of this is, you ask…..? Well I sort of put twittering and blogging and skyping and texting, in the same general clump and increasingly, I’m wondering about the mental health indications of this head-long rush to self absorption to which we all seem to be surrendering. Ya know, it’s the “LOOK AT ME, LISTEN TO ME, ME, ME…” syndrome.

Maybe I should write a blog on the subject.

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11 responses to “Twitter is gay

  1. Note to self, don’t follow Kid Rock: http://twitter.com/_Kid_Rock_

  2. Funny thing is, I was worrying about exactly the same thing myself recently. A friend told me that I blog/Tweet because I’m ADD and I’m afraid of committing to longer projects. And I do find myself drained from the constant effort of being creative 24/7 simply for purposes of entertainment. I actually have had other friends who were serious bloggers who quit their extraneous writing to focus on book writing.

    Kid Rock may have something there.

  3. IMHO I think its not mandatory to have twitter or any other mini/micro/big blog site account to say what you want to…If someone wants his/her life personal then let it be…

    BTW this is my first comment on ur blogs…u do have a great creativity in writing

  4. I knew there was a reason I don’t blog more often (apart from not having much to say, that is). I think it’s called, Crappy Sentence Construction.

    Anyway, please don’t misunderstand. Other than “Rock and Roll Pain Train” and “Blue Jeans and a Rosary, (I’m a sucker for a decent guitar riff),” I am not a fan of the Kid. However his point, in this instance, and such as it is, is well taken; which, in my interpretation, is that there is real writing, and then there’s the stuff that the rest of us do in varying degrees of get-up-and-go. I suppose in the grand scheme of things bloging, twittering, texting, etc., doesn’t really matter a whole helluva lot (of course, then, one asks, “what does?”), but I can’t help but think that they (blogs/twitters and text messages) somehow contribute substantially to the quagmire of clichés and labels that most of us all too often use (or perhaps, ‘succumb to’ is a better verbalism here) in place of creativity and/or reasoning (even perfunctory reasoning) and/or some system of logical analysis.

    Oh well…..

    “I actually have had other friends who were serious bloggers who quit their extraneous writing to focus on book writing.” Hmmmm…let me see, who do I know who fits into that category?”

  5. I was thinking about this recently too. In the time I spend blogging, I could probably do something WAY more productive with my life, that’ll actually give me some long-term benefits. I have actually wondered “Do I have an extreme need for attention?” The answer usually ends with “nah” and im back on the blogosphere.

  6. i need to efocus my life, here so i’m going on a twitter hiatus.

    it’s not working out too well.

  7. i’m going on a twitter hiatus.

    Same here.

  8. Surprised nobody is outraged at his using the word “gay” to express his dissatisfaction.

    http://wtbsanity.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/kid-rock-wont-tweet/

  9. “Surprised nobody is outraged at his using the word “gay” to express his dissatisfaction.”

    Yeah, I wondered about that too. After some careful consideration, I chose to omit that particular phrase in my initial copy/submission of KR’s rant. For me, the main point of what he said had/has to do with the ever growing wave of self-indulgence/absorption which seems to feed on the ‘instantaneous electronic ME-ism” phenomenon.

    That KR used the word “gay” is moronic, and hurtful (though not surprising, coming from him). but that’s a different argument for a different post. Besides – and I’m conceding to generational ignorance here – I’ve been told by group of surly upstarts that “gay” isn’t being used to mean what I think it means – as it is used in the quote by KR. Oddly, though, said upstarts couldn’t explain to me exactly how the word was being used, if, in fact, it wasn’t being used to mean what I think it means.

  10. Well when your parents only have 2.4 children so they can afford the life that’s been pitched to them on TV, being self-centered is a compliment.

  11. From Ajahn Sumedho, in “Seeing the Way”

    “So much fear and desire come from that commitment to ‘I am’–to being somebody. Eventually they take us to anxiety and despair; life seems much more difficult and painful than it really is. But when we just observe life for what it is, then it’s all right: the delights, the beauty, the pleasures are just that [and nothing more].”

    Obviously, Ajahn Sumedho is the Buddhist Kid Rock.

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