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Staff Rants and Raves: Twitter

Twitter: Where memes come to life, where movements come to fruition, and where presidents come to rant. Hear what our staff has to say on what might be both the most multifaceted and divisive form of social media.
Grace Halio


On Dreams of Anonymity

By Ethan Zack, Music Editor

Having a Twitter account is a constant struggle between the absolute euphoria of being seen and the unrelenting dread of being known. Trying to become a Twitter personality requires you to lay your life bare in 280-character chunks, shouting personal anecdotes into a void that doesn’t say anything back. When it does, and someone validates your personal experiences with the click of a button, it feels amazing. But throwing a tweet out into the world only for it to be universally shunned feels so atrocious that it’s better to avoid the risk at all. God forbid you attempt to be “funny.” Meticulously crafting jokes just to make them seem effortless, like you can create good content out of thin air, is an exercise in self-hatred. In all likelihood, your masterpieces will fall flat on their faces, pitifully thrown one or two likes or retweets from close friends trying to make you feel less embarrassed. No, it’s better to never tweet anything original at all, only vaguely projecting an idea yourself through a wall of retweets. Clearly, this is the peak of proper social media use.

On Uninvited Emotions

By Calais Watkins, Dining Editor

Twitter is my go-to for moments of boredom. Get to class 10 minutes too early? Twitter. Laying in bed but not ready to fall asleep? Twitter. Procrastinating any and all responsibilities? Twitter. You get it. And it’s all fun and games until I get BLINDSIDED by an emotional tweet from some emotional account that’s supposed to be #relatable and which, unfortunately, I relate to all too much. No, I don’t follow these accounts myself. No, I don’t intentionally leave room for my good-day vibes to be completely OBLITERATED. They sneak into my feed through retweets. Let me paint you a picture: I’m sitting in class before the lecture begins. I see one of said emotionally invasive tweets. My thumb stops scrolling. I stare at the words and then I think, “You know what? I, too, find myself losing sleep over recent heartbreak. I, too, feel taken advantage of by a previous relationship. I hadn’t thought about my ex yet today, so THANKS for getting the ball rolling, Twitter!” You’re probably wondering why I don’t just delete the app and rid myself of this vicious cycle. And to you, I say, “And miss out on Paul Rudd gifs? How absolutely silly of you!”

On Not Having a Twitter

By Ishaan Parmar, Deputy News Editor

I don’t have a Twitter account. I had a Twitter account for a couple of days at the beginning of high school because I wanted to DM David Dobrik. It didn’t work. He never responded, which was probably because I had a grand total of zero followers. I primarily use Twitter now (without an actual account) to watch sports highlights that have been embedded into sports articles I’m reading, and it’s pretty buggy. Get your act together, Twitter. Any time spent waiting for a video of someone who is much better at baseball than I ever was is time spent thinking that I should be doing my homework, and I really don’t need that from you, Twitter.

On Hackers

By Mandie Montes, Deputy Copy Chief

I used to have a Twitter account. But then one day, someone decided to hack my account and retweet porn multiple times a day. So I did all the normal things you do when you get hacked: I changed my password, contacted the help center and so on. My account only lasted a few minutes before it was hacked again, so I just deleted it. I’ve never wanted to create a Twitter account again.

On Lost Passwords

By Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Senior Reporter

Try ranting about Twitter if you don’t have a Twitter account! I made a fake one long ago to submit a link to an internship (the application asked for a link). Thinking about it now, this should have been a red flag for the internship itself. Anyway, the password to my Twitter is long lost and now I can’t keep up with the world!


On NBA Twitter

By Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor

The NBA is back, folks. And with it, so is NBA Twitter, aka the greatest place on Earth (move aside, Disney World)! From the spiciest takes to some absolutely iconic memes, the world of NBA Twitter has it all. I’m beyond ready for another season of MJ vs. LeBron debates, Stephen A. Smith’s late night rants about the Knicks and everyone laughing at the Hornets. What it do, baby!

Opinions expressed on the editorial pages are not necessarily those of WSN, and our publication of opinions is not an endorsement of them.

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About the Contributors
Ethan Zack
Ethan Zack, Deputy Managing Editor
Ethan is a junior in CAS majoring in Journalism and History. When he's not stumbling through an endless stream of Zoom classes, he's doing fun and cool things like reading the Wikipedia plot summaries of horror movies because he's too scared to actually watch them or making yet another three-song playlist that he will literally never touch again, ever. He's most active on Twitter (@ethanzack), so feel free to reach out with any spicy takes.
Calais Watkins
Calais Watkins, Dining Editor
Calais Watkins is a third-year student, southern California native and sock enthusiast studying English in CAS. Although she believes English professors have dramatically overestimated their students’ time to read assigned texts, she’s sometimes thankful because she thinks a book in her hand makes her look all ‘intellectual’ while riding the subway to and from babysitting. Calais (pronounced ‘cal-ay’) fears substitute teachers and her name being read aloud because it once got mispronounced as “Callus” and the nickname haunts her to this day. Her most commonly said words are, “I’m cold.”
Ishaan Parmar
Ishaan Parmar, Deputy News Editor
Ishaan Parmar is a Tisch first-year studying Film & Television. He enjoys highs-and-lows during pitch meetings and making fun of his news editor, Victor. He joined WSN to get away from the oversized nicotine cartridge that is the Tisch building. Ishaan is from Los Altos, California, a small town 40 minutes south of San Francisco. He loves watching baseball and Gordon Ramsay videos at the end of the day to relax.
Mandie Montes
Mandie Montes, Under the Arch Managing Editor
Mandie Montes is a senior double majoring in Journalism and Latino Studies with a minor in French. Yes, that's a mouthful, so try not to ask her about it, ever. She really doesn't know what else to include in this bio and unfortunately because we're in a pandemic, you won't be able to bump into her on the streets of New York. Guess you’ll just have to follow her @mandiemontes on Twitter/Instagram to meet her ~virtually~ and see what she's up to.
Anna-Dmitry Muratova
Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Under the Arch Managing Editor
Finley  comes from Moscow, Russia! They're a junior studying Journalism and Environmental Studies and it's their fifth semester at WSN. Finley loves all things inclusive, sex. ed., ecology and advocacy for a whole bunch of stuff. They'd love to chat with you if you want to write for Under the Arch! Find them @veryawkwardfinley on Instagram. :-)
Bela Kirpalani
Bela Kirpalani, Sports Editor
Bela is a senior in CAS studying history. Born and raised on Long Island, her love for bagels knows no bounds (the same goes for blueberries, but that really doesn't have anything to with Long Island). She also loves all things sports — how fitting — and finds way too many unfunny things funny. When not in the newsroom, she is probably off playing FIFA or wishing she were playing FIFA.
Grace Halio
Grace Halio, Editor-at-Large
Grace Halio has spent the past three years working at WSN because her job has an actual title, unlike her concentration in Gallatin. She's studying how journalism and public art can be narratives for social and climate injustice, but has a soft spot in her heart for New York Fashion Week and all things Features Desk. A Long Island native, she could likely live off of bagels. Grace spent her spring 2016 semester studying in Florence, Italy. Unfortunately, she did not turn into Lizzie McGuire; fortunately, she ate a lot of cheese. She looks forward to returning to the motherland. In the meantime, however, you can find her fighting for the necessity of the oxford comma and making pasta for dinner six nights a week. Follow her on Twitter to see her creative 140 character complaints or on Instagram to take a peek at how she spends her free time.

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