The Great Twitter Outage Of 2019

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s a question your grandchildren will be asking you years from now: grandma, grandpa, where were you during the great Twitter outage of July 11, 2019?

I didn’t even notice the thing was down for a while yesterday afternoon.

I must have been actually living life in some way, instead of wallowing in the artificial world Twitter creates.

And somehow, I suspect that most of us managed just fine without the ginned-up outrage, vicious trolling, superficial snark and zero-calorie thought Twitter specializes in.

Consider the contributions Twitter has made to our way of life over its 13-year lifespan.

Due to the addictive nature of the service, with its chemically-gratifying likes and retweets and opportunity for instantaneous venting, Twitter has been responsible for countless people losing jobs and friends via ill-considered tweets.

We can only guess at the number of fender-benders and people walking into light poles while misusing the thing.

Twitter has taken a political discourse badly in need of substance and injected it with deception, delusion and venom.

The Russians and other bad actors love it; so does our tweeter-blurter-in-chief, even though it’s a major reason why he’s been under federal investigation.

But look on the bright side.

How would we function without instant access to the self-promotional musings of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Kim Kardashian, who between them have 275 million followers?

Yes, the great Twitter outage was a difficult time.

But we’re hardy Americans.

We pulled through, somehow.

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