Dear Twitter -
First — Thank you.
Second — Some Thoughts...
Before the founding of “The United States” (an experiment in Democracy on the CONTINENT OF AMERICA with countless already-existing self-governing “tribes”) parties vigorously debated the best form of self-government.
Often the multi-faceted debates (or at least one side of them) were published anonymously or under a plume d’ nome. For example Ben Franklin (the “Grandfather of America”) often used fictitious characters to espouse various and sometimes even conflicting views (e.g., #EndTheWars).
The reasons for keeping one’s identity private when writing controversial material are vast — — and include the notion that the author may want to draw attention to the principle espoused in the work itself rather the author.
Anyway this same principal — using “fictional characters” from anonymous authors — — was applied for more than a decade on Twitter to help advance a collective understanding of present day humanity (and the animal kingdom) “self -governing.”
Some the characters (e.g., “Mindful the Merchant”) are/were “spokespeople” for actual businesses striving to “save the planet.” Other characters were “purpose driven” to help parties appreciate the irony of certain situations (for example a company with a Vegan founder leveraging the beautiful harmony of birds in flight serving “fried chicken” for lunch) with hopes of eventually elevating compassion for “all breathing beings” — and possibly expanding “voting rights” accordingly.
From 2009 to 2019 tweets from lots of accounts pushed the limits of “free speech.” The tweets challenged the best humans and machines to decide what particular “string of characters” (some of which were typed by a Costa Rican monkey pretending to be an ape and others of which were randomly generated using a Dell PC running windows 7) were acceptable and which were “violations of Twitter policy.”
At High Noon on February 1 of the 19th year following #Y2KForkIt Twitter sent the following email and locked all the above accounts except one.
Twitter is a private (publicly traded) business and thus — — as my grandma would have said — — “can do what it damn well pleases.” That being said for a whole of host of reasons parties are respectfully requesting that Twitter please consider “unlocking” the accounts — — or at a minimum at least the ones that have always been in full compliance with Twitters rules and regulations.
Third (and lastly) — Twitter is an extraordinarily powerful profound and important platform. The things it has accomplished and will virtually certainly continue to accomplish (absent some fundamental mistake like “locking up” all of its controversial accounts) far surpass much of which all of humanity accomplished before Twitter’s founding.
There are just over a seven billion people on the planet (and more birds than people) — each of whom (either individually or through a business, trust or otherwise) may now communicate virtually frictionlessly in real time across any imaginable border or “line in the sand.” Twitter is essentially making the notion of a “world-wide collective conscious” a reality. It is changing the way we communicate learn and live — including the way we increasingly engage in sustainable “mindful” regional commerce.