Disappointing signal to noise on political tweets.
Social scientists’ analysis of 290,119,348 tweets from 193,522 “politically engaged” Twitter users during the 2012 presidential campaign conventions and debates found little creative thinking, and a slavish blitz of retweeting “elites” like @billmaher and @seanhannity, according to a new study.
It goes on,
In defense of the retweeting masses, the authors wrote: “The uncertainty of live events may predispose users to seek information from authorities and their expert sensemaking processes rather than from their peers.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with that … or is there?
“Combined with our findings about concentrated attention to elite voices and diminished use of interpersonal communication,” the researchers wrote, “these factors could combine to create ideal conditions for rumor persistence, belief polarization and the dissemination of misinformation that can – intentionally or unintentionally – undermine deliberation.”
You have to have a thick hide if you’re going to do anything creative, especially on the net, but even if it is something you do to the yard. So yeah, in front of billions of people.