[Blind Gossip] A Washington DC political journalist named Dave Catanese recently quit Twitter for a week. He wrote an essay about it in which he mentions another DC notable who is a prolific Tweeter.
Twitter offers a shield, which allows you to be expressive, bold — even offensive — for all of your most influential followers to witness, without having to confront the awkward social consequences of an in-person engagement. (“How can he be so hilarious on Twitter and yet so awkward in person?,” a friend recently asked me about one of the city’s more prolific political Tweeps.) It allows you to step out on a limb, showcase your biting wit, your savvy snark. Perhaps grab the attention of a colleague, political foe or idol. Sure, you’re plopped on your couch in gym shorts munching on leftovers on a Sunday evening. But launching a Twitter war for the consumption of D.C. influence-makers can be an adrenaline rush. It can all be amusing, fleeting, or damaging.