I once said that twitter can seem like trolling, jumping into people’s conversations at any point with a comment.
I logged in as I was going to sleep last night, and thought I’d look up a science article or something for some reading when I saw someone had replied to one of my comments from earlier in the day.
@motownmutt Would that you were working in 19th century America.
so, I go to see what he’s replying to:
which is to say, I don’t have much sympathy for the entitled class.
about 19 hours ago from web
I’ve only got run off of one union job before, and I guarantee my partner and me were far more productive then any four of the union chumps.
okay, well it’s true. I was sent packing from a union job by some guys who appeared to be standing around not doing much. I don’t have much sympathy for them. If someone’s willing to do a job better and faster than you, get out of the way. An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
Somehow, this ballooned into me being misquoted, “you’re saying they’re all lazy”, or something. Read what you want into it, I said my partner and myself were better fit for the job, but we were prevented from doing it. That’s not a badge of honor for the unions, trust me.
I never did find that science article to read.
Why did the auto companies die?
It occured to me that what pissed me off about this, is that while I was trying to answer questions that were being asked, a back-channel discussion was going on, in which I was being compared to a troll. Here’s the thing: I made a general comment, the reader engaged with me, started making extrapolations of his own, but not once answered my counter questions. It seemed like I was doing all the effort addressing questions, but when I posed questions of my own, the person who engaged me happily skipped on to the next non-sequitur. I’ve had thought provoking discussions with people who didn’t agree with me, and maybe they were having back-channel discussions the whole time without me knowing, but this time I discovered that the person was just making fun of me. Commenting on something I said, than calling me a troll seems a bit trollish, wouldn’t you agree?
In a nutshell, it seemed rude and disrespectful.