This tweet arrived in an email:
First of all, let me just say that I am appalled that the writing prompt is from a tweet. Oh, no, my age is showing again. I’m old and cranky. Sure, I have a Twitter account. No, I don’t use it. I surreptitiously stalk my minor children there. Yes, freedom of speech…yada yada, blah blah… freedom of expression yes they are important things. When they (my children) write stupid things and some parents are all up in arms threatening to sue me after writing letters to the school board and the police department, it is up to me to use my due diligence to find out what they are up to. I don’t have to agree, but I should know more than what they are telling me. What a run on sentence. Unfortunately this has really happened.
Thank goodness the tweet was on a subject that I could handle. The lifetime need for education. I’m sure my boys are fighting me tooth and nail on this one. I bought encyclopedias and books on tape, they read comic books and watched horror films. I bought dictionaries from multiple publishers so that they could evaluate the differences in definitions. They continued to ask, “Mommy? How do you spell ______?” I was raised in the generation of library research which included microfiche and reference books. They read the internet without checking their sources.
For fun, I should ask one of my boys what a reference book is? “A book that is used as a reference?” The old english teachers of the seventies retired and were replaced with friendly ego stroking fresh out of college teachers who can’t spell, don’t teach cursive and don’t acknowledge that early identification of dyslexia could help the self esteem of children who no longer have the option of working in a factory.
Well hello Mrs. Snarky blog post writer. Ok, this is what happens when I get out of my depth. Being asked to respond to anything on Twitter is just asking for a knee jerk response. I hope you will agree with me when I say I’m glad this is the end of this post. My children would say, “Epic fail.”
Day Seven: Let Social Media Inspire You
One of the goals of this course is to tap into new and unexpected places for post ideas. Today, let’s look to Twitter for inspiration. Don’t worry — you don’t need an account to participate in this prompt. Even if Twitter isn’t your thing, you might be surprised that you can find starting points for our own writing in other people’s tweets.
Below, you’ll see five tweets, and we hope one will elicit a response from you.
Today, write a response to one of these tweets. Shape your post in any way you choose — agree or disagree with the tweet, or use it as a starting point for a story, personal essay, poem, or something else. Hover over your chosen tweet to click to the tweet’s page on Twitter, copy the tweet’s URL from your browser, and paste this URL on its own line in your post editor. These steps will embed the tweet in your post.