Reflections on the Twitterverse

I was perusing a tech site the other day and couldn’t help noticing an article announcing that some bright spark has come up with an app that will allow people to tweet from beyond the grave.

I fully understand that Twitter is the Internet equivalent of Reality TV and that it does fill a void for those with very short attention spans, but really…?

As a modern-day Luddite, who somewhat reluctantly makes a modest living off of other people’s dependence on the internet, I was appalled to think that someone was purposefully trying to place a Ghost into the Machine.

I can only imagine a world years down the road where network traffic is clogged up by the inane tweets of those who have already shuffled off.  God help us if some rogue AI interprets these pithy observations as some baseline for predicting human behavior.  We wouldn’t stand a chance…

———MDT

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