The Theology of Twitter

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Twitter is an echo chamber. Each one of us can emphasize the ideas we like, and we can hide the ones with which we disagree. We can block people and subscribe to those who espouse ideas that resonate. 

How do we find God in the Twitter-sphere? What is the theology of Twitter?

Twitter is No Place to Find God

If someone were searching for meaning, I cannot imagine finding it on Twitter. This is not a criticism of Twitter, per se. It reflects the nature of self-fulfilling prophecies. I see something I like and retweet it. Twitter’s algorithm picks up on my likes and retweet and shows me more like-minded content. 

Engaging with tweets with which I disagree seems to lead nowhere. It can even get confrontational.  

Responding & Reacting

I once tried to respond to tweets as they came. Not every tweet. I still had to pick and choose. But, I did reply to some fringe tweets. I linked to articles dispelling a conspiracy or pointed out a fallacy. On several occasions, I replied that I never thought about it that way before. 

Still, Twitter remained an echo chamber where one’s beliefs are reinforced by agreement. It seems that disagreement indicates someone is a troll or wrong. Snarky or sarcastic responses also crowd the noösphere. Finding a way to dialogue on Twitter feels impossible. 

Where is God on Twitter?

Before you go to Twitter, have a notion of who God is. Keeping tweets kind and encouraging can introduce Godliness to a place that is full of people who are looking for meaning. 

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