My Twitter Feed Is Full Of Politics

It’s so disheartening to me. I don’t read newspapers or watch the news on TV deliberately to avoid the noise. Periodically I’ll get a little signal of value from somewhere, usually Amy, but generally I can focus on what I care about.

Twitter has always been that refreshing place where I can quickly find out what is going on in my tech world. I follow mostly entrepreneurs and VCs – some who I know and some who I don’t know. I have a few companies in my feed. But no newspapers, no magazines, and no mainstream media.

Suddenly it’s all politics all the time. The retweeting of stuff I simply don’t care about overwhelms my feed. As my brain gets hit over and over again by the noise of the RNC, DNC, Trump, Clinton, and zillion other people bloviating about what I think is one of the strangest elections I’ve every experienced as a human, it has become hard to dodge and ignore it.

I think today might be the turning point for me. I’m utterly disgusted by the bullying, lies, racism, and hate going on. I’m starting to believe the Russian conspiracy theories. I’ve hit my personal moment of “I’ve got better things to do with my day.”

I know it’s just going to get worse between now and the election. Noisy. Crazier. More offensive and intolerable. Less rational.

Amy reminds me that this isn’t anything new. In the 1930s the anti-immigrant sentiment was high as the economy declined during the great depression. In the 1940s the America First Committee was dominant. In the 1950s McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee was front and center. In the 1960s we had civil rights, FBI overreach, and the setup for the 1970s with Nixon. And on and on and on.

All this has happened before, and all this will happen again. It’s time to focus on what I care about and not let the noise take over my brain.

Also published on Medium.

  • rick gregory

    Use Tweetbot. Mute certain words. Saves my sanity…

  • I could have written this a month before. I feel that everything balances, but then I watched trump’s speech and something clicked in my brain. This is bad. I’m scared. I had to speak out and do something to make sure he isn’t elected. Perhaps, like many things, I over did it; I’ve never been political before. But the voices matter this time. I am listening and engaging and learning. And while, it’s hard because I don’t like politics; it is important. So I apologize for the noise I create, but I hope it spurs just enough thought in just enough people to make a difference.

  • David Mandell

    So say we all.

  • Twitter is a sewer. I never have and never will join it.

    • There’s a reason I only follow 30 people on Twitter. I’m dodging the sewage.

  • martinsnyder

    You may be suppressing important signals. When perception fails, anxiety ramps, and when anxiety ramps, your Twitter feed reflects it. Perception may be failing in unprecedented circumstances, or alternatively not failing but returning an answer not to people’s liking because there is ample precedent.

    Sometimes democracy really is under threat. Arguendo, if this is such a time, what is the proper role of a citizen? The dominoes may be unstoppable; does that change the calculus?

  • Yes! I’ve done a fine job of avoiding things in my social media feeds, such as plot spoilers on that Star Wars DVD I haven’t found time to watch. But this election cycle is something else. I’ve done what I needed to do to become informed and make my decisions. What I’m seeing on Twitter etc. isn’t adding anything to the discussion.

  • WorruB

    I don’t even know what to do. I feel like thinking about politics is just a waste of energy. I also simultaneously am uniquely worried about this election. Talk about holding two competing ideas in my head. Politics as entertainment is not really that useful though and it’s most of the news we get unfortunately.