When writing this blog, I endeavor to be provocative from time to time and usually get an earful from one end of the political spectrum or the other – or sometimes both at the same time. However, the biggest complaint is that the blog is “too long”. I now limit it to 800 words but that is still too long for many whose attention span is no longer than it takes to read the screen on their smartphone without scrolling.
Perhaps I should emulate Donald Trump. The New York Times reports that Trump thinks of Twitter as his own personal newspaper. With a 140-character limit, a tweet has no room for any qualifiers. You can’t say, “Some may disagree with me and I hope this doesn’t offend anyone; however, I believe….” You just type the words after “believe”.
Here are a couple of Trump tweets:
“I have never seen a thin person drinking a Diet Coke.”
“So many ‘politically correct’ fools in our country. We have to all get back to work and stop wasting time and energy on nonsense!”
He gets his point across without all the research and attention to composition that typically takes up about 6 hours of my time. Here’s his latest (as of this writing):
“For all my FANTASTIC supporters, and for the U.S.A., we are going to WIN AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, maybe even greater than before.”
I notice that he doesn’t use any hashtags. He doesn’t need to. He’s his own hashtag.
So, I thought I should give it a try (notice it took me more than 300 words to get this far). Here is my best effort to summarize five years of blogging in 140 (or less) character snippets:
#Capitalism = #prosperity = #freedom
For the long version, check out: ‘Let’s just understand what socialism means to us’ or ‘Progress or Greed… Which Is It?’
Or how about this one?
#Economics: You don’t get it! No, really, you don’t!
Long version… here you go: ‘Robert Reich, the corporate income tax and the middle class’ or ‘One Issue and One Issue Only’
Lest you think I am a dogmatic, right wing conservative, I offer the following quite liberal views:
My tweet: Open the #border with #Mexico, no really… I mean it!
Or how about this?
My tweet: I don’t care who you #marry
Are you ‘pro-life’? This will piss you off:
My tweet: My body, my #choice
Well, I am not a woman, so I wrote: Orphan Black, Margaret Atwood and a Woman’s Right to Choose
From time to time, I get philosophical. I have to work hard to clarify my thoughts and even harder to articulate them. One of my favorites got virtually no response: Hope, Love, Forgiveness… Can Society Achieve It? Yet, another struck the right chord: Leadership and the Space Between the Notes. The first title could be a tweet, the second, not so much.
I could go on. (I usually do.) I’m just wondering… should I just tweet it a la Trump? If you’ve read this far, please let me know.
WHO WILL LEAD?