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TWITTER replaces real compassion?

October 17, 2019

I entered the TWITTER digital realm back in 2014.  I link my blog posts to my digital persona; @DukeHobo.  By design, the medium of communication is brief and condensed by a compressed limit on character count.  This is more akin to graffiti instead of Haiku.  Tweets are not intended to be a substitute for genuine personal communication by people talking to people.  My quirky sense of humor in observing my predicaments that life hands me are best expressed in this blog.  My Tweets do not contain the same value of content as a blog post.  I questioned the depth and sincerity of mourning on the passing of Elijah Cummings if all his family will know are some Tweets!  A condolence on the Twitter site is more of an insult, than a genuine expression of sorrow.Twitter bird


Yeah, dad died and we all sent our TWITTER tweets instead of attending his funeral. What if my family were to get at the reading of my final will and testament my password to continue using my account?  They might be surprised and disappointed on this worthless inheritance.

Tweets from our president and other politicians who want to become celebrities are efficient to stake out digital credentials of having a big heart on the tragedy of the moment.  We watch and observe what are the real tangible actions they take to genuinely demonstrate effort and donations to help.  President Trump understands how to use all media in communicating to our diverse citizenry.  He also knows that people wait to see the actions that complete the Tweets.

The lazy minds and cheap talk that is a good portion of TWITTER can be extremely boring.  However, the genuine real people who use Tweets do not pretend real problems will go away just because we all “liked” a Tweet.  I do enjoy discovering new resources of linked information on Tweets from people I do like and follow.  Some of my followers on TWITTER do sample some of my blog posts that I link.

In the real world we attend funerals instead of just sending a digital message.  We cry together mourning the loss of a beloved friend.  We share memories together.  We share the joys and experiences we shared.  We sign the journal book for those attending.  After the blur of preparing the funeral are in the past, the names and signatures are a tangible reminder on the people who did appreciate love.  The memorial service for my father in law had a procession of business friends who came via private jet because they valued and treasured his making their fortune.  My wife recognized them from business events in Chicago and New York.  They did not make a dramatic show of their appearance, but all of us appreciated their demonstration of real respect.  In his final years of battling health problems and dimming mind, they paid all of his excess medical bills out of genuine appreciation for his loyalty and brilliance in electrical engineering.

Many decades ago Johnny Carson joked about needing the 1 guy who knew how to fix our power grid for New York blackout.  Bob was enroute to a conference to Mexico with his wife, and yes, Bob was the man who had to set up the steps to power up the grid without blowing out other states systems.  He never got to Mexico, and New York never gave him any special recognition.  It was just a day’s work for Bob.  However, the industry leaders knew his value and paid respects in death.

It would have been nice to know if a greater number of people knew what Bob actually did for the USA.  A Tweet is not sufficient to express the gratitude we all felt having been friends and family with Bob.  It is shallow to accept a Tweet as a substitute for demonstrating heartfelt mourning on the loss of a beloved.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2019 6:44 am

    It is like that a little..🤔 following you there too

    • hoboduke permalink*
      October 19, 2019 6:18 pm

      Got to hope that we can keep our sanity with all the nuts zinging nasty tweets.

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