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Old May 1st 2019, 12:41 PM
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...so Twitter's basically made political discussion absolutely rotten, but not for the reason most people think of. Echo chambers are a problem since people prefer to focus on positive thinking while accumulating status and not spending time on opponents who they can block right away...

...but the real problem is how leaders of echo chambers don't confront each other deeply unless the goal is to humiliate each other to garnish more attention for their following.

There's hardly any depth on Twitter at all... which isn't much of a surprise from the character limit, and that prevents issues from getting the sophisticated perspective they deserve for thorough problem solving. It just encourages shallow sensationalism, especially from how people often like and follow from simply seeing an appealing background or avatar.

If it was up to me, it would be a crime to discuss politics on such a shallow platform. It degrades civic responsibility and encourages corruption through favoritism.
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Old May 3rd 2019, 05:47 PM
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...but the real problem is how leaders of echo chambers don't confront each other deeply unless the goal is to humiliate each other to garnish more attention for their following.
The real question is why anyone would think or expect anything otherwise given the platform and human nature.

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There's hardly any depth on Twitter at all... which isn't much of a surprise from the character limit, and that prevents issues from getting the sophisticated perspective they deserve for thorough problem solving. It just encourages shallow sensationalism, especially from how people often like and follow from simply seeing an appealing background or avatar.
You've just explained why Twitter is so popular.

Most people don't want or can't handle sophistication or in-depth analysis of anything. But they sure like the color blue or team red or cute pictures of cats. That's the level most people are comfortable with.

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If it was up to me, it would be a crime to discuss politics on such a shallow platform. It degrades civic responsibility and encourages corruption through favoritism.
Political discussions make a whole lot more sense once you realize that most people play politics like a simple tribal affiliation (red or blue). No different than sports fans. They cheer for their team and insult the opposing team's fans.
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