So, after having complained
about something political (a Maureen Dowd column
, if you’re curious) and then seeing that something get picked up by the Twitter algorithm for the billionth time this weekend, I sort of feel kind of done with partisan political discussions for a while.
Maybe I’ll feel differently tomorrow, or next week, or the week after, but given the shape of our culture at this time, even pointing out that someone is being hypocritical or the other side is misrepresenting themselves, I honestly am just kind of in a state where the issues with jumping in the pool of politics don’t really match the minor endorphin rush of writing the little rant.
Once, when I was running a news site, it felt important to put my point of view or commentary out there. But now, I feel like I’ve put a lot of emphasis on another path, and that path looks a lot different than the heavily political one that I might have found myself on earlier in my career.
I think it can become really easy to just hit the trigger on every story that’s out there and to have a point of view. But the truth is, unless it’s something more narrow like right to repair, media ethics, the tech industry, open access to information, or historical preservation, there’s only so much I can add to the discussion that everyone else is having. And I think that it also focuses me as a writer and creator. Knowing that I don’t have to take that path means that I can move the needle on discussions in other ways.
Sure, we’ve had a historic few years where things went from bad to worse culturally, and the truth is, we’re not all the way back from that great climb. But I think that there’s enough chum in the water in other places that I have to necessarily spray out my views on the mainline of social media.