Reviews and Twitter

I think I’m going to start using Twitter to do my weekly comic reviews. Generally, anything I’m reacting to as I read books is quickly forgotten afterwards. It may be a little stream-of-conscious and unedited, but I think it will prove more fruitful. Don’t despair! Reviews are not going away, they’ll just be reserved for special occasions and old favorites I think deserve a little more appreciation. Remember, you can follow my tweets on @ComicPlanetInd! I’ll start each set of tweets with a hashtag #ReadingComics and each tweet related will have a hashtag for the book and I’ll try to include the issue number whenever I can (for instance, “#GreenLantern 60”).

Why did I think I could have an intelligent discussion on Twitter?

I’m going to make a medium story short. Somebody on Twitter made a post about the Glyph Awards (honoring positive black portrayal in comics). Someone else made a point how they didn’t think minorities should set themselves apart if they wanted to be included in mainstream society. He did this in a pretty asinine way (implying that this was making them victims, not society members). The original author decided to be very condescending to him (well within her rights as he was being a douche). It escalated.

In the middle of this, I commented that I thought there was an interesting point in there somewhere about how minorities don’t want to be treated differently than the mainstream, but do want to celebrate and be represented by what makes them different. Note that I was not saying this was right, just pointing out this logical paradox.

The responses I got was (basically), “Prejudice is never okay. They should be allowed to recognize themselves if no one else will.”

Ok, I wasn’t saying it was, so I responded with (basically), “that’s true. But you can’t create a situation where you’re setting yourself apart and then be shocked that there’s prejudice against you.” (again, no judgement or support of prejudice, just trying to figure out how this is reconciled)

The response came back: “How is prejudice ever ok?”

They weren’t listening to the point I was trying to make (and, I suspect, not interested in accepting that it was even valid). I was limited to 140 characters to try and explain a fairly nuanced point and was failing miserably. And, like an idiot, I kept trying to plow ahead as if this level of intelligent discussion was possible on Twitter (and that’s a comment on the technology, not the participants).

I hate Twitter :p

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