I've been meaning to post this for a while, but other news and the Olympics got in the way. But it's time to finally get around to it.
I don’t want to give away what is basically the “punch line” of it, so I’ll dance around it a bit. This is an exchange that a fellow named Mark Joseph Stern posted on his Twitter feed. It began when he posted something about an article that appeared in Slate.
Stern headed the full exchange, “It finally happened,” but for technical reasons I couldn’t include that part. And because of that, it requires a bit of explanation to be fully clear what's going on --
Reading from the top down, you'll see Stern first describe the article in Slate, which is about abortion and an undocumented teenage girl. Then he explains his point in more detail to someone who had replied and taken great offense. This correspondent, a fellow named Mark Winterhouse, jumps back in angrily and...well, you'll see what follows when a third person jumps in. Be forewarned that there is R-rated language at one point, but as becomes clear, it's one of those times when it pretty much fits.
What I like about this full exchange is that I think it may be the quintessential example of the part of social media where people bury their head to ONLY see what they want and choose to lash out and attack in absolutely total ignorance. Which, in turn, in some ways explains the election of Trump...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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