Guest Post: Tweets and Twitters

Jim NelsonJim Nelson, Montana Supreme Court Justice, (Ret.)

By Jim Nelson, 

Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)

Science explains that the evolution of the human brain, skull and airway enabled our species—uniquely among all other living things—to speak.

Indeed, it was this ability to communicate in complex forms and patterns of speech, grammar and syntax that made possible the rich mosaic of languages, cultures, societies, governments, religions and business relationships that define our planet.

Unfortunately, though, this evolutionary miracle has retrogressed in recent times.  Now, weighty policy decisions, invective, revisionist history, fear and hate mongering, spew daily from the most powerful people on earth via a form of social media, limited to 140 characters, followed by a, sometimes descriptive, identifier.

These communications rarely, if ever, explain, enlighten, inform or inspire. Rather, they constitute random snippets of thought; bursts of neuronal activity exploding from a meandering stream of sub-consciousness—often without context, and usually in structure that would render an English teacher apoplectic.

It is as if these people communicate with their thumbs but without involvement of their brains.

Yet, grave consequences may flow from these seven-score word bombs. After all, they are the official thoughts and commands of the most high–like Zeus, knee-jerk, launching a blinding and deadly bolt on some hapless human loser.

So to end this de-evolutionary trend, I humbly suggest that our leaders, our movers and shakers, re-learn how to actually speak intelligently to us, the great unwashed. I urge these vaunted representatives of government and business to return to communicating, in actual sentences and with developed thoughts.  I plead for a revival of well-informed and rational discourse.

And, I suggest that tweets and twitters remain the preferred form of communication solely for small-brained, feathered descendants of lizards.

But then, maybe, I am simply repeating myself.

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9 Comments on "Guest Post: Tweets and Twitters"

  1. Jim Nelson nails it again

  2. What a concept, using actual intellect and speech to share your hard, thought-out ideas.

  3. Dr. Bruce A. Kershaw | August 23, 2017 8:36 AM at 8:36 AM | Reply

    and it is my understanding the loss of life caused by the Distracted Use of these Devices while driving is greater than the loss of life by Drunk Drivers

  4. Ha ha ha. I love it!

  5. boB AKA @Gyrogyrloose | August 23, 2017 10:52 AM at 10:52 AM | Reply

    Unfortunately these days just getting our Divine Leaders to actually speak with normal working people isn’t a requirement for being elected. Unless you write your message on the back of a large check, once elected your congresscritter doesn’t give a shit what you have to say and he will tell you what you need to know and what questions will be permitted during his Facebook fraud of a “Town Hall” meeting. 40 years of failure but another Trickle Down tax cut headed our way-get used to it Peeons!

  6. Judge Nelson urges, “So to end this de-evolutionary trend, I humbly suggest that our leaders, our movers and shakers, re-learn how to actually speak intelligently to us, the great unwashed. I urge these vaunted representatives of government and business to return to communicating, in actual sentences and with developed thoughts. I plead for a revival of well-informed and rational discourse.”

    Certainly a worthy proposal, but it presumes that those movers and shakers actually possess the intellect and respect for their constituents and customers to even make the effort. I’m afraid that current events and recent history reveal that they have neither.

    It has been well-established that the Twit-in-Chief has the verbal skills of a nine-year old and the attention span of a goldfish. So much for intellect. He has also established a life-long pattern of lying to, cheating, and stealing from virtually everyone who has ever dealt with him. So much for respect.

  7. and of course tweeter is a form of Short Hand
    just as Court Recorders use short hand in the Montana Courts
    to record Law as it happens

    • While your statement has a grain of truth. Comparing a verbatim transcript in a courtroom setting to Twitter is a false and misleading statement. Obviously done to create doubt and suspicion. What is your motive in doing that?

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