Yeah it’s lame. The world is worse in a lot of ways than:
1) it should be for many definitions of “should”
2) ~everyone says it is
3) my parents and teachers told me it is
4) DD told me it is
If you go back 15 years people broadly had an even higher opinion of the world. And now they’ve lowered their opinion due to more visible political conflict, polarization, division, etc. But they still don’t understand tons of the problems and most of the people are wrong about lots of the things they think are bad.
*Feeling* annoyed is broadly unhelpful but understandable, especially if mild. Having some emotions, even ones that aren’t helpful, is normal and not necessarily a big deal. If you feel strongly about it or find the feelings disruptive then they might be a priority to change.
People ought to know/learn more but don’t. One can try to take action related to that problem (don’t have to; not your responsibility; Atlas is allowed to Shrug; but you can; I do some). But Twitter isn’t the way to change it. Blogging is way more productive IMO. Or posting at my forums. Twitter isn’t for intellectual discussion. Twitter is for tribalist yelling, with some decent factual info mixed in, but it’s awful for discussion and complicated reasoning. If you were e.g. a journalist who had some news to share then maybe Tweeting would be good.
If you tweeted multi-tweet explanations, like Reisman does, I think it’d be better. But I think blogging or posting at a discussion forum makes more sense than that (though mirroring to twitter is no big deal).
If you want to improve stuff you need to come up with more of a plan. Or do dual purpose stuff, e.g. blog primarily cuz you like to write it and think about things, and then if it helps improve the world that’s an optional bonus.
> I think I liked twitter because I could see lots of stuff. But now I’m thinking it’s low quality stuff so I think I’m filling my life with crap.
I’ve been reading this small list of Twitter accounts:
The only non-FI people are patio11, stucchio and George Reisman. You can use that link or recreate the same list on your own account to use on mobile. On iOS I can swipe back and forth between my full feed and that list; it’s easy/convenient (I occasionally skim my full feed but not often). You can also follow my list but I’m not sure how that works.
I used to have a few others like David Horowitz but I reduced the amount of politics. I’ve tried some other people like Eliezer Yudkowsky but I found their stuff wasn’t good enough.
Previously I followed more people and got more info on Twitter but I got tired of it. I do think some decent political info gets spread around Twitter, e.g. deplatforming and censorship type announcements and newspapers and politicians being caught being dishonest. Often Twitter will have some info about a news story that CNN is trying not to tell you. That stuff is OK though I don’t like to follow the news very closely. I’ve hardly paid any attention to the election though I did see the Hunter Biden story and the suppression of it. Twitter also had some good info about covid early on.
Reisman mirrors his stuff to his blog but patio11 and stucchio have lots of Twitter-only content so I plan to keep checking twitter regularly. patio11 is pretty consistently high quality. stucchio is more mixed but I find his stuff (majority is retweets) interesting enough.
> I think I’m not going to bother with twitter much anymore. I don’t think any of the tweets you quoted were good. I lowered my standards. I might tweet out links to blog posts but I don’t think I’ll do anything else.
> Thanks for the criticism.
I don’t tweet links to my blog posts and actually disabled the automatic youtube links after I found that Twitter mildly shadowbanned me (hiding some of my replies behind a click to see hidden tweets kinda button. i don’t know how often or why). I also stopped retweeting or posting to twitter in general.
I don’t think tweeting blog links is a big deal or bad. You can if you want. I don’t do that because twitter is not where I want to build an audience. And I don’t have a lot of twitter followers who don’t follow me elsewhere. It might be worth tweeting once a month for a year or two to try to make sure those people know about my other stuff but i probably won’t bother. But I’m not boycotting the site. I did tweet recently because I wrote something related to Reisman and wanted to tell him. I’ll still have a conversation on Twitter if it’s a convenient way to communicate with a specific person.