Ways of talking and writing change over time, and whatever is new tends to get, at first, a reputation as the royal road to communication hell. A lot of folks persist in believing that Twitter, for example, is a seedy digital neighborhood populated strictly by thumbsuckers and tub-thumpers.
And sure, Twitter is home to masterful suckers and thumpers, and every other kind of scoundrel. But it’s no monolith. Comedy Twitter, Apellate Law Twitter, Manchester United Twitter. You can find one Twitterverse enlightening and another bruising, but increasingly those who dismiss the whole service – which has long included such dignitaries as Imani Gandy and Garry Kasparov and J.K. Rowling – are just plain wrong.
Concerned citizens of the United States should at least follow Congressional Twitter. There, hundreds of our elected representatives make jokes, wax patriotic and, depending on their sensibilities, castigate either the president or his adversaries.