• Twitter Is Our Future Evil Overlord

    Did anyone consume the bizarre interview between ABC’s wonk hunk George Stephanopoulos and Senator John McCain via Twitter?

    Here’s a scintillating sample of their in-depth interview about important topics concerning politics, technology, and national security, in 140 characters or less…

    STEPHANOPOULOS: @SenJohnMcCain What worries you more: Pakistan or Iran?

    MCCAIN: @GStephanopoulos both. the challenges are different but both significant.

    I’m not a Twitter hater. Why, just the other day I twitted about how I added margarine to my Easy Mac to make it extra, super creamy. But the surprisingly fast paced adoption of the popular, personalized press release social networking system by the media and politicians is creepy and worrisome. Twitter gleefully devalues language, reducing words to their bare, passionless essentials. This is fine when you’re trying to tell your peeps what is up, where you at, but it is a slippery slope when it comes to meaningful conversation, especially between those in power, and those speaking to truth to that power. Or whisper it. Or wink, and kind of suggest the truth.

    In George Orwell’s classic, hilarious bodice ripper 1984, the fascist, dystopian regime of the future controls the populace partially with cynically packaged media. The mass language spoke is called "Newspeak," and Orwell describes it as: "The only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year."

    In Orwell's world, Big Brother destroys words, and meaningful conversation, in order to oppress. Of course, in our very real world, we're allowing ourselves to destroy the words, instead of waiting for evil overlords with rat cages to do it.

    Here’s a sample of the same interview, in the very near future…

    STEPHANOPOULOS @SenJohnMcCain Big Brother info req, make truth. Always at war with Oceania?

    MCCAIN @GStephanopoulos Thoughtcrime. Oceania ungood. Confirm truth. Info req end.

    Tags: George Stephanopoulos, John McCain, Science & Technology, Twitter


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