Twitter Users Text Their ‘Number Neighbor’ in Newest Twitter Craze

And find out just how many people aren’t on Twitter. What this means for Democrats hoping to defeat Trump in 2020.

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President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks on America’s Energy Dominance and Manufacturing Revival Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Pa. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Growing up with television and movies made a whole generation worse people. Not because of violence, nor because of sexism, racism, and bigotry promoted in countless stereotypes by same for decades- well, not just because of those things.

Television also adversely impacted our humor, and lack thereof. What was considered by our fore-bearers unspeakably rude and socially unacceptable has be rebranded snark, sarcasm, and worst of all “speaking truth to power”.

In other words, completely acceptable- if directed at the right people, of course. As such things always are.

Sit-coms made us mean.

Watch any episode of any modern television series from Friends to the Office, and you will see people say things to their ‘friends’, parents, children and co-workers that only the audience finds remotely funny.

In real life, saying such things to one’s closest associates would leave very few willing to closely associate, at best. At worst, a nice little side trip to the unemployment office by way of HR. Or the ER.

Yet, we have come to understand this as ‘humor’. And such ‘humor’ has found its only natural home, outside of the fictional worlds of movies and television and grade-school playgrounds: On the internet.

Social media, Twitter; that ultimate cage fight for every conceivable political grudge match, that non-stop slug-fest where even the most innocuous group of likeminded individuals united by a shared loved of vegan food or wild horses can be a hotbed of political drama and intrigue.

It’s exhausting.

So exhausting, entire social media platforms are routinely abandoned completely in favor of newer versions that provide less incentive and temptation to the culture vultures who seem to have nothing better to do than weigh-in at considerable length online over the latest and, they swear, greatest outrage yet.

Caught up in this world, it is easy to imagine that this is the world.

But like the Tao, the world that can be known on the internet in social media chat circles is not the real world.

Those who depend on public opinion for their bread and butter, read politicians and celebrities, are perhaps more adept than anyone else at discerning and responding to trends in public opinion, if not anticipating them. Likely because they live and die by opinion polls.

People vote for you, people see movies with you in them, or they don’t.

But occasionally, worlds collide. A company thinking social media represents a true sampling of the rational public’s opinion ends up with a high-tech submersible named Boaty McBoatface after an online naming contest goes a bit awry. Or Taylor Swift’s online voting contest for the American high school most deserving of a Taylor Swift concert ends up being…a school for the deaf.

The online mob is a fickle friend and fiend, too. Liberal celebrities like Sarah Silverman and even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have recently felt the lick of the cancellation-culture whip.

In reality, people are far more easily offended online than in real life. In real life, people are- huge surprise- far more likely to be polite to each other. Delivering a sick burn on Twitter is low-bar; delivering a sick burn, especially one involving loaded name-calling like racist, bigot, white nationalist, snowflake, ‘Fredo’, is more likely to have consequences in the real world. Not least of which is a very unpleasant interaction and possibly an altercation.

Pushing total strangers into an angry confrontation is not something most normal people enjoy in the course of a day’s work.

When the latest Twitter craze crossed into the real world, that of texting your ‘number neighbors’- your number up or down one number- spilled into the real world and, as such, fizzled quickly.

Twitter users texted their number neighbors and got…a great deal of confused people who had never heard of such a thing, and didn’t use Twitter. Some gave hilarious answers that ranged from the flippant brush off to heartfelt life advice.

Some people were willing to go along, even being non-Twitters. Others weren’t so keen on the scheme. Bothering working people with meaningless nonsense, and during the dinner hour or on a Sunday no less, was once considered quite rude.

What this means to Democrats anxious to challenge Trump in 2020, to cinch the Democratic nomination and, presumably, sail to glory is that they must avoid at all costs the temptations of confusing the very-left leaning Twitter mob for the American electorate of voters.

To do otherwise is to get caught up in an echo chamber that is endlessly affirming, but will result in the one thing Democrats find inconceivable:

A Trump re-election and second term.

(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)

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