Welcome back! Recently I have been spending my time on the midnight Twitter. What is the midnight Twitter you ask? It is Twitter without the sane people to keep it balanced. Midnight Twitter is filled with people who start rumors, conspiracy theories or patriciate in general stupidity (trolls).
Since I have insomnia at the moment, I get caught up in all the drama that midnight Twitter brings. I look at it and in my sleepy stupor, and I start to get worked up over what I read. Most of the time it is the opinion of a random person. Then the group think kicks in and the comments get nastier and nastier.
I expect that from the midnight Twitter. They know the people who can debunk their stupidity is asleep. I have slowly learned not to take what they say as a consensus. Not everyone in the country feels that way. It is just the views of a few people that try to start problems.
Lately, I’ve noticed that midnight Twitter is staying online, even as the sun rises. Those types of individuals are growing in numbers. They are starting to include journalists and institutions that have a duty to be as transparent and report facts.
Recently, I noticed that reporters that I trusted to fully source and write only the facts as they saw them are starting to fall into the midnight Twitter crowd. They see that facts don’t drive people to read their work. They see articles that have no substance, but a great ‘click-bait’ title is getting them hits and attention (regardless how the facts are presented). They start to follow suit. It riles up midnight Twitter because now they have substantial people on their side. People who were trusted to present the facts as just facts are now glorified Buzzfeed writers.
I’m sick of it. I admit, I get caught up in the Midnight Twitter madness. I see a click bait article, and I read it. I hate myself later. I know what I did was just feeding into the cycle. It is hard to break free from that cycle as a consumer of media. I don’t have complete access to the facts. I just have the newspapers, blogs, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube. I want news, and that is all I got. Whatever the reporters or eyewitnesses write. If the people who are supposed to report the truth starts falling to the trolls and midnight Twitter for better views or clicks, what hope do I have to get a balanced viewpoint on any news event?
I hope that people come back to their senses and start reporting the facts, not just the gossip. Facts never lie. Gossip only distorts the truth.
What do you think? Do you think ‘click-bait’ writers have gone too far or do you think I’m being oversensitive and need to get some sleep? Comment below!