Twitter is one of the more polar inventions of the social media world.
Some think that it’s an unnecessary extension of your private life, because after all, who really wants to see what you had for lunch, how your favorite sports team is doing, or what the weather is like outside?Others might say that it’s a unique way to communicate and express ideas, with the entire world as a digital audience.
Perhaps we can settle somewhere in the middle, because however you may feel about the big blue bird, you can always recognize the entertainment value that Twitter presents.
Just the idea of placing celebrities, athletes, politicians and other high-profile individuals on a shared plane with everyone else that has a Twitter account is an interesting concept itself. This gives them an opportunity to interact with the general public, and also gives us a window into their daily lives.
I couldn’t help but be reminded of this by an incident last week involving one Kanye West and comedian and TV personality Jimmy Kimmel.
Kanye had given a candid exclusive interview to BBC Radio 1, talking about his views on fashion, culture and the perception of himself.
For someone whose shenanigans outside of the studio include labeling the president as a racist, interrupting Taylor Swift and naming his newborn child North, Kanye’s interview did not disappoint.
Kanye proclaimed his status as the biggest rock star in the world and his desire to make three-dimensional music, among other things. That was expected.
Jimmy Kimmel promptly caught hold of the interview and did a spoof on his late-night show with child actors. The spoof was not appreciated by Kanye, and thanks to Twitter, we know exactly how he felt.
Kanye’s numerous tweets were each laden with progressively profane insults at Jimmy Kimmel, which you can find for yourself. It might take some digging however, as Kanye deleted the tweets.
While some can see this Twitter rant as an example of how social media is unnecessary and excessive, I have to disagree.
Without the immediate vehicle of expression that is Twitter, I wouldn’t have had a front row seat to a music superstar’s mental implosion, however unimportant and inane it is to my life.
And for that reason, I’ve got to thank Twitter.