This was not the post I planned at all, but I have a mid-morning interview, and this one requires some advance preparation. So my time for reading and writing just became secondary to job prep, and Plan B goes into effect. Fortunately, I actually had a Plan B (sort of). I’m frequently vocal about the cesspool aspect of Twitter, but today is a day for focusing on the good parts: the parts that educate, entertain, and enlighten. My apologies for taking the easy way out, but the interview is a skills check, so prep seems advisable.
GothamGirlBlue livetweeted the entire Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary; these tweets particularly stood out for me.
Without mythology, white supremacy is left with little more than rancid truths: that they threw their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren into a meaningless cause built on a grotesque lie. #civilly2020
— Kaitlin Byrd (@GothamGirlBlue) January 1, 2020
A dear friend from college and one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever known; if you can take 20 minutes to listen to the podcast, you even get personal insight into George Soros (and no, I haven’t gotten my check yet either).
But mostly you get hope.
'It almost feels like there’s a conspiracy to persuade average citizens they can’t have a voice or don’t have any impact. That's not really true,' @SteveRickardOSF tells @gfeifer about OSF's drive to build a US constituency for foreign policy priorities. https://t.co/ipHkNUdYIE pic.twitter.com/B1HkPQ9PRQ
— The Cable (@TheCableDC) December 16, 2019
Do we call this 45*s greatest hits or greatest idiocies? (And if you scroll down far enough, the thread is unrolled for easier reading.)
We all remember the real horrors: Helsinki and Charlottesville, Puerto Rico, Khashoggi, caging children and betraying Kurds. The Russia thing. The Ukraine thing.
But there is such a tide of crazy crashing over us every day that we may forget many loony moments.
I made a list:
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) January 1, 2020
Random twitter fact, followed by informative comments. How great is this?
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame," written in 1908, is a kind of feminist anthem about Katie Casey, who loves baseball and wants to go the game — which women didn't do then — rather than to "the show," where her boyfriend wants to take her.
In the verses, which you never hear. https://t.co/owibeqX5nK
— King Kaufman (@king_kaufman) December 24, 2019
#AHA20 may end up being the most expensive hashtag I’ve ever tracked.
Me: I don’t have room in my luggage, so I can’t buy many books, let alone big books.
— Benjamin Park (@BenjaminEPark) January 6, 2020
— Samuel Alonzo Dodge (@SamuelADodge) January 6, 2020
It's been too long since my last @AHAhistorians, so I forgot one of the cardinal rules: bring a suitcase approximately 2x as big as necessary to accommodate all the incredible book exhibit acquisitions. I excuse myself since some of these will be passed on to my students! #AHA20 pic.twitter.com/wGOQ8ei0an
— Emily Pressman (@emilypressman) January 5, 2020
Last, but not least…laughter. (Last video is probably NSFW.)
— Dennis Mersereau (@wxdam) January 6, 2020
This is better than both Jurassic World movies. 😁😁pic.twitter.com/dZC0Kuwyek
— Figen.. (@TheFigen) January 3, 2020
I’m deceased 💀 pic.twitter.com/SBCSo4T2SW
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) January 3, 2020