I will post my article in Iain Dale’s book shortly, with his permission. In the article, in which I very clearly define the reasons why MPs should not blog or Twitter (yes, I know ) I mention someone who has posted 22,000 tweets in four months.
Today, someone has emailed my office with the details of a political/personal Tweeter who has posted 35,000 tweets in a similar amount of time.
I’m going to have to set up a Twitter account again so that I can check this out for myself!… Not.
Is there such a thing as Twitter addiction? How can anyone live a normal life who can do that? Surely these people cannot be in employment because if they are, how can they work? if they aren’t then it’s time they got a job which involves being sat at a key board because there’s nothing much up with their fingers, brain or attention span!!
I wonder if very soon someone is going to identify a Twitter syndrome and we get to read about people who have become compulsive Tweeters. Will we hear stories of people who Tweet, oh I don’t know, say 50 times a day and need to go into re-hab?
I will put money on that being a Daily Mail story one day. In the meantime, do you know of anyone else who has Tweeted more than 35,000 times in less than six months? If so, email my office and let me know. Or, better still, if it’s someone you know is on benefits, contact the DWP.”
It’s a storm in an eggcup, but it’s not far off the kindly views held by many, including, it seems, ATOS. Which is why people who are coming up for ESA appeals are bringing suicide kits with them and fearing homelessness and fucking ruin for what is pocket money for people like you.
I could have written that tweeting and working aren’t the same thing: just ask many an irate boss. Or that, as a blogger on benefits with mental health problems, writing here has actively helped me to get better. Or that without the internet, there are times in which my human interaction would be largely limited to Robert, my cats and my social worker.
But I can’t be bothered because, honest to dogs, you get so sick of having to fight your corner. So, in summary:
Go fuck yourself!
Lots of love,
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