Engaged in Wrongthink & Shadowbanned on Twitter

Yes, that’s my graduation cap! I finished one degree and now I’m working on another in political science at Liberty University. I plan to post the writings that I do for school here. It is a Christian school, so the posts will include more theology than I prefer, but it does not matter because the politics will still be conservative. I have inhabited a secular world where I am comfortable for the last fifteen years, so this is a huge shift in my thought process.

During my time on Twitter, I’ve apparently engaged in wrongthink, so I am unwelcome to share ideas on their platform. They own it and lay the ground rules. I don’t expect government intervention, so my Twitter account is now a tiny blip on the radar. I will use my account to retweet people because the only value is in carrying the messages of others who have a chance to be seen. Shadowbanning has changed my approach to the platform. I appreciate likes and retweets, but I don’t get validation from it, so a shadowban isn’t the end of the world. It has turned most of us into news aggregators instead of content creators. I’ll probably check it from TweetDeck a couple of times a day to retweet news and tweets from people that I like.

The highest treason a crab can commit is to make a leap for the rim of the bucket.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

I walked away from Facebook without looking back, so I can do the same with Twitter. Not being exposed to Facebook every day has been a positive experience. Though I’ve been gone for more than a year, I still sometimes catch myself typing ‘f-a-c-e…’ until I realize what I am doing. I refuse to allow Zuckerberg access to my mind. Thoughts and emotions are more easily manipulated on Facebook than any other platform, so they will crank up the social pressure to conform. They will never get people like me to conform.

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Photo courtesy of SS&SS.

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