Monday, 6 February 2012

Brotherhood of the Like Minded

It occurred to me I share a rather unique quality with three of the four prestigious guests I would dearly love to have for dinner at my place (as discussed here, these are Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov and Christopher Hitchens): like those three, I qualify as Jewish by most people's reckoning yet I am also an outspoken atheist. I suspect this is no mere coincidence. I suspect there is something in the Jewish culture and the Jewish circumstances that drives people to where they end up at, and in many cases - and more than any other cases - sends them to become my intellectual role models. One can argue that being a Jewish atheist almost qualifies as some sort of a litmus test.
Which brings me to another subject altogether.
I would like to conclude my trilogy of Twitter related posts by pointing out an interesting peculiarity.
As should have been made clear through my analysis of the way I use Twitter (see here), Twitter is a social media tool that, amongst other things, provides likeminded people with tools to socialize with. Unlike Facebook, the “other” big time successful social media tool, those likeminded people you can potentially socialize with do not have to be connected to people you know.
What I find interesting is the explicitly stated attitude of many of the people I consider my likeminded on the subject of Twitter vs. Facebook. People’s contempt for Facebook and praise Twitter has almost become a litmus test for me: if they share this particular opinion with me, then the chances of us being like minded are surprisingly high. (Note that despising Facebook is not necessarily synonymous with not using Facebook; for many reasons, Facebook is viewed by many as a necessary evil.)
I would just like to list a few of these outspoken people down:
  • Cory Doctorow
  • John Scalzi
  • Renai LeMay
  • Jacob Appelbaum
  • Yossi Gurvitz
  • Various Pirate Party members

Why did I list these people? Because these people happen to be amongst my favorite Twitter personas. Why are these people amongst my favorite Twitter personas? Because we are likeminded.

Public Domain image (Litmus Paper) by Chemicalinterest

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