This poll (via Twitter) will be running until Saturday, May 12th.
— John Fontana (@Johnny_Fonts) May 5, 2018
I follow headlines not by way of Google News or an aggregation program but instead by way of Reddit. It’s driven by community in what gets posted and if it’s valid / worthy content or not. While seeing all the news content tied to politics at the moment in the United States, there is one ugly, ugly factor being repeated over and over again.
The sitting President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, does most of his declarations in a one-way sentiment via Twitter. Too often he crosses the lines of leadership and maturity and sinks into the realm of knee-jerking, assumption, closed-minded folly and other negative aspects. Too often this shit ends up dominating the headlines or news content from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Too often, by way of reaction, people are double or triple-exposed to the Dotard in Covfefe’s antics by way of retweets (which are often derived from negative reaction) and news coverage over and over and over again.
With all the crap Trump pulls in his unbalanced stances, he still has over 43,000,000 followers. No, they’re not all bots. No, they’re not all supporters. No, they’re not truly informing people when they retweets his rhetoric. It’s because of those retweets (being done by friends and media) that I’ve declared enough being enough:
For the sake of no longer empowering a liar desperate for attention who has mired America, I have blocked @realDonaldTrump on Twitter
— John Fontana (@Johnny_Fonts) August 9, 2017
Look, The Dotard loves attention and blindly looks at it as support or as an ego boost. The more people who interact with him (or try to) by spreading his stuff around or replying to his content gives his ego a boost (even if that content is all of profanity). It’s easy to understand how some people want to get their news from the direct source, but when the direct source is mired at so many levels and marred with corruption, bigotry, hate? He’s not exactly going to “Make America Great Again” via inability to talk to the press with honesty and tact, or refusal to interact with people unless they applaud him or pay a hefty price for the opportunity.
A lot of people denounce him, a lot of people have actively protested against him and the direction of the country under him. It’s not shutting yourself out of hearing the news by blocking him on Twitter. It does send a message if more people turned their back on him on this social media avenue.
The timing may seem a little odd to do this now as we are in the middle of the summer doldrums of the NHL and ice hockey in general, but this afternoon I’ve posted a little poll on Twitter asking public opinion on coverage and broadcasting of the NHL on NBC Sports:
What is your overall opinion of the coverage & broadcasts of the #NHL on NBC Sports / NBC Sports Net?
— John Fontana (@Johnny_Fonts) July 24, 2017
I’ve already posted this summer with a negative opinion about a certain personality of NBCSN, and I made him a key figure when criticizing the network in the past. I’ve toyed with writing a new article regarding the network but that seems like a useless feat if general opinion of their on-air hockey experience is taken in a postie way.
The poll will be open until Monday, July 31, 2017. Vote, and perhaps retweet things.
There’s a little habit I have on Twitter, usually in the hockey off-season but rarely too. It’s great form my end but I think it likely sucks from a Twitter follower’s end because I’m not sharing media as I do it. I just announce it. I call it Music Therapy or Musical Therapy (#MusicTherapy or #MusicalTherapy in Twitter hashttag terms).
The habit actually inspired some creative writing in 2014 but I never finished what I started or even found finality to work towards… That’s going off on a different subject than I was trying to aim at here, but oddly the not-going-to-be-completed story and my musings on Twitter had one thing in common: Music heals and pushes you forward. It gives you something to revel in and celebrate.
My therapy sessions on Twitter, running on summer nights mostly, were just me announcing songs I was playing and yammering out facts and thoughts and feelings brought on by the song at play, or the band in question. It drew in some very good chatter from friends and ran off a lot of people following me for hockey purposes (that’s my day job, so to speak). Maybe that was opinion derived from what I was listening to at the time – 50 years worth of pop and rock with a habit of 60’s and 90’s stuff being dominant, and without a broad palette of songs. Not heavy metal, not hair metal, not rap, not balladeers (okay, actually those pop in at times but still…), no country, some bluegrass (basically just Credence Clearwater Revival), too little Motown, etc, etc. I only have somewhere above 1,250 songs in my personal library (music I choose to listen to) and not that many playlists, so there is repetition going on there that concerns me. Heck, this whole paragraph is tilted to the negative of my mind because I’m concerned I’m running people off when I’m trying to gain some release.
In another universe, I’m a late night deejay who’s been married five times, has a torrid affair with hi-if going and it helps stymie his bitterness at the world… Music soothes the soul.
It does have a worthwhile DJ feel to it, though, and it’s fun when people are there with me (well — through Twitter) to talk up the songs or suggest music. Some actually consider themselves informed by what i say about songs, be they facts or opinions.
I’ve found myself forced to use Twitter. I’m learning the ropes and all that… And while I’ve learned plenty of do’s and don’t, I have one peeve that people ought to learn regarding Retweets:
When someone Retweets (RT’s) another person’s message (rt @username ) — they can cut down the original message to get under the 140 character length. But if you’re going to add text to the Retweet, do it BEFORE the RT. Otherwise, you make it look like your comment was part of the original message someone posted.
One other thing: if you’re going to follow someone because they cover a certain subject matter, don’t badger that person when they go off-topic and talk about something else. No one, and I mean no one, is on topic 24/7/365.