Twitter is breaking my heart.

Not so much the website, as what I’ve been watching for the last few months. I have a hard time being on Twitter these days because so many people I love and care about have gone. They didn’t get arrested. They didn’t die. They just left.

I’m also watching a vast majority of the ones who remain continue to fight, argue, bicker and overall just be petty. What the actual fuck are you doing?

I’m going to bring up J1nx again. While the problems happening have been problems long before him, I’ve seen a major amplification of them since he faked his death.

Yes, what he did was completely insane. It was awful and it hurt a lot of us. But he also admitted to what he had done. He came out and publicly apologized. He could have kept the act up and never come back to the internet. He could have let us continue to mourn him, but he didn’t.

He took responsibility for his mistakes- which makes him more brave and strong than most people. He hurt me a lot, long before we all mourned him, but I still care for him as a friend. I am very proud of him for admitting to his mistakes and not running away.

He’s not the only one who has been hurting his friends. I’ve seen a man I think of as a brother and once held the utmost respect for bully another friend off the internet. One friend turned another friend into the feds because she was angry at him.

Oh, and apparently everyone is still a fed. If there were feds yesterday, there’s feds today. There’s going to be feds tomorrow. If you’re not doing anything illegal why do you care? If you know someone did something illegal- keep your mouth shut like you promised them.

Why are we attacking each other? What do you hope to accomplish from it? How is this going to help any of us reach our end goals? It’s not. So knock it the fuck off.

I love you.

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2 thoughts on “Twitter is breaking my heart.

  1. Hi, you don’t know me but I recognize what you’re talking about. Burn-out happens, to activists, to helping professionals like doctors (often even before they finish medical school), to everyone who ever cared enough about something to fight for it. And it leads to in-fighting and attrition. I’ve seen it, and I know it’s hard to accept, especially when you’ve formed strong social ties within the group that’s succumbing to exhaustion.

    But the good news is, a lot of those people will take up the cause again one day, when they’ve regained their motivation and addressed the issues that were making it too hard for them to continue. And like it or not, you’re fighting an uphill battle that will only be successful through long run efforts, change will be too slow to be adequate any time soon. Even mobilization for change is slow in this country.

    I know you might think that attrition this early in the inspiring Occupy movement could mean a death sentence for the changes this country needs, but remember how people came out of the woodwork to support the Obama campaign when they thought this president was going to bring the change so many people want to see. That can happen again – you can see larger-scale mobilization for election campaigns that might actually succeed in putting change-makers in office one day. And the advantage of election cycle mobilizations is that they make fewer demands on volunteers (at most a short-term commitment of many hours a week), so more people have the opportunity to participate without facing sacrifices they can’t afford to make with their time. So think of mobilization as cyclical, and situational, and don’t think that Occupy alone has the weight of the world on its shoulders. There are people willing to pitch in who haven’t participated in Occupy because they are waiting for opportunities where their personal resources for helping will be more valuable, and people who just can’t attend a long-running protest but are on the look-out for other ways they can help.

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