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Can I Do a Twitter Prompt Round Up For Just One Response? Is That Allowed?

By Petr Navovy | Social Media | October 12, 2022 |

By Petr Navovy | Social Media | October 12, 2022 |


So here’s the thing. Consider this post somewhat of an experiment. It’ll start out in a familiar form, but will then take a turn. Nothing dramatic, just a slight deviation from the norm. I would say, ‘Why am I preempting the turn? Wouldn’t be more powerful as a surprise?’, but then I’ve already pre-preempted it in the bloody headline of the piece haven’t I? So let’s just take those first few steps, into what will seem comforting, familiar territory: A Twitter round up post. Look, here’s a preamble:

Nostalgia can be a sinister little bast*rd. Cleaver and tenacious, with the power to infantilise through comfort and deceive through omission, it’s one of the most powerful emotional wedges that fascists use to drive into the popular consciousness in order to pave the way for their brand of regressive, violent authoritarianism. To borrow words from the one and only Ronnie James Dio, when it’s at its worst, it can blind your eyes and steals your dreams. It’s a dangerous fuc*er, in other words! Looking back on the past, we should always be wary of putting on those rose-tinted specs. Nevertheless, it can still sometimes be fun to reminisce, and to compare and contrast! Which leads me onto this Twitter prompt, which asked people to ponder what things our parents’ generation might’ve done better than us:

You can see some of the responses here:

——————-Record scratch!——————-

And here’s that twist I mentioned at the start.

Those responses were fine. But I couldn’t find as many good ones as I usually would for a post like this. I tried, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I still had to pad it out, though, because the response that I saw first was so good that I just had to share it—but I couldn’t just share one, could I? That would be terrible form. Well, now that we’ve done the legwork, look at this beauty:

Beautiful, isn’t it? Just dynamite, paying tribute to the awesomeness that is old hi-fi systems while hilariously pointing out one of those other things that 100% has not gotten better with time: the omnipresence of surveillance capitalism. 10/10 response. No notes. Well done, mate.

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