by Ed Anger, opportunistic occasional contributor
Trivia. Americans can’t look away, like a car wreck. Since when did a tweet–ANY tweet–become newsworthy? This is an avenue specifically designed to carry information Too Trivial for Traditional media. If you missed it the first time, by definition it wasn’t important!
Twitter, or as I like to refer to this bottom of the social media barrel, Twerper. After all, who but a Twit or Twerp would exchange insults through a means that cannot possibly have repercussions other than a 140-character counter-insult? You think anyone’s gonna stand toe-to-toe with Arnold Schwarzenegger and tell him he was a lousy governor, no matter how many secret service agents he’s got at his back?
Apparently TV and Taxpayer money (the two dominant consonants of “TriVia” uncoincidentally lurking there as well) aren’t hip enough anymore. Just what we all needed, the Maury Povich show with semi-literate politicians!
The entire culture, having apparently run out of real topics–the trials and heroics of mere mortals don’t generate enough interest–has been inoculated (like that free flu-shot they give you at the supermarket that gives you the flu) and thus addicted to trivia. Imagine yourself as the Texas Ranger who gets assigned to the case of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey. “Hell, it’s not bad enough this fella makes 300 times my salary for playing ball, now I get to track down his dirty laundry. So this is what my career has come to. . .” Let’s hope nobody robs a bank or kills somebody while he’s not at his post.
Newspapers have already become as thin as Target flyers. Once they start reprinting tweets, we’ll have hit the Trifecta of redundant, useless information that distracts us from the latest global warming evidence or how the debt-ceiling got hiked today.
So T-Rump (how does one type with hands like a T-Rex?) goes after Schwarzenegger, and the Governator shoots back a better one. What a pair of Trumps. Ad nauseum. Then we tune in to the 6-o’clock news to witness how the leaders of our nation have devolved to antics that most of us outgrew as 11-year old children. Quite a Trip.
I’ve had enough of this Twaddle. I think I have a case of the D.T.s. Need a drink. . .