The above is a parody of Meghan McCain’s Twitter Stream
Karl Rove follows me on Twitter. Thatâ€™s creepy. I joined Twitter a few months ago; so far, it has been a liberating way to transition from political to personal blogging. Itâ€™s allowed me to share the less-serious aspects and humorously uncensored moments of my life. But thereâ€™s also been a downside: I am now being followed by Karl Rove, and my local sheriff, and God knows how many other political pundits. We need to take Twitter back from the creepy people.
Uh, Meghan, Maricopa County, Arizona Sherrif Joe Arpaio is NOTon Twitter. Apparently, someone is impersonating him – much like the staffer who wrote your dad’s (Senator John McCain’s) initial tweets.
The Twitter creeps gets stranger. My local Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who, as the author of Americaâ€™s Toughest Sheriff, is notorious in his own right) recently sent me a Tweet about an answer I gave a fellow Twitter follower. He tried to tell me to go easy on them. Itâ€™s really scary when the guy who houses his inmates in tents in the summer and whose most visible public-relations success involves pink underwear, boxers, and handcuffs tells you to tone it down. The sheriff also inexplicably Tweeted me to say my mother owes him $10. Say what?
But, OK, anyone can make a mistake and maybe your mother owes the Sheriff money for covering up something or not.
Flap thinks this commenter to Meghan’s blog has the whole situation summed up:
You denigrate Rove’s tweets as boring, although you are the one writing about them. Whatever people think about Karl Rove, he is unquestionably one of the most interesting political minds in a generation. Dumb and uninteresting are not adjectives that even his many political foes level against him. On the other hand, what exactly is it that you have accomplished for which people should read your shlock? You’re enjoying your 20 minutes of fame on your dad’s coattails. It appears that you fancy yourself as something of a conservative-liberal crossover. That’s fine, really. It’s easy because it’s en vogue these days anyhow. But don’t assume that you should be a model for, or be listened to by, the conservative movement. There is something amusing about how today’s moderates decry traditional conservatives as outmoded purists even while castigating them in their own superior sense of self-righteousness.
Don’t like Karl Rove or your Sheriff following your tweets? Then don’t put the details of your life on the Internet – that’s like what the public Internet is for. And maybe consider getting a real job and a life.
By the way, Meghan, @Flap has blocked you – you creep me out.
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