A week ago, my sister re-posted an item on her Facebook feed that basically said, “Watch the politics. I want to be your friend after the election.” I couldn’t agree more. I use Facebook to keep up with family and watch cute animal videos; I don’t need political reeducation. So, I went through and “unfollowed” the non-family folks who were p***ing me off. That an one or two family members who I can resurrect when their candidate wins and all is right with the world. Let me say, that was therapeutic.
But my sister’s wisdom went further. I’ve got a book to write, and if I get up in the morning and check my e-mail and Internet sites I get so depressed at where we are as a nation that it is hard/impossible to work. So step two: I set my e-mail accounts to only show the sender (and not the subject line), then redirect all of the political and news sites that I subscribe to to the trash. Bliss. I can now open my mailboxes without seeing the evil world. As new junk comes in that I haven’t already filtered, it gets added to the list. Amazing. E-mail is now a “safe space” for this precious snowflake.
A special place in hell is reserved for Twitter and the idiots there who think that I give a care. I started using Twitter two years ago as a source for new information that might be useful for my teaching. Consequently, I “follow” a lot of historians. Big mistake. Any number of both prominent and marginal historians think that the world is thirsting to learn their political views, which is frequently puerile and totally superficial. The very worst sort of piling on and vilification of people that one can imagine. Unfollow, unfollow, unfollow.
Someone reading this might think, “well that isn’t very open.” Perhaps not. I am willing to entertain the notion that refusing to wade through the sewer of bigotry spewing forth over the Internet is close-minded. Similar to my refusal to watch kiddie-porn, snuff films, etc. My bad. Somehow we lived and where happy before Silicon Valley.
Perhaps I can get in a few good days work now.