Tweet time with Gallagher Meow, Barack Obama and The Music Slut

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Through the years, Twitter has exposed me to the innermost feelings of both Miley Cyrus and Drunk Hulk, and for that I am eternally grateful. But there's so much more to know, as I'm constantly reminded when emails like the one above find their way into my inbox.

So yes, I'll admit it: I don't know J.R. (@GallagherMeow), or Barack Obama (@BarackObama) or The Music Slut (@TheMusicSlut), at least not personally.

And yes, I am aware that one of them is a president. I can more or less guess what a music slut does. And I'm glad to know that J.R. is an adventurer, writer, and love detective.

I'm also certain there's some affinity propagation algorithm out there that already knows my interests better than I ever will. Just as Pandora's Music Genome Project is certain that — regardless of what "artist radio station" I select — I'll soon need to hear either Coldplay or Lady Gaga.

In the economy of affirmation that is social media, we can all pretend to know people we'll never meet, to like things we'll never read, and to follow anyone who'll follow us. And as Knifepoint's "Internet Friends" points out, once you get in, you can never get out.

Have a listen, and then say hi to J.R. for me.



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