Haberman Twitter | A Love-Hate Relationship

Maggie Lindsy “Haberman Twitter” Haberman is a journalist and media personality who is as famous as they go. The vocal character’s fame is due to her point-blank tweets that are quite opinionated. Haberman is a renowned journalist that is currently working as a White House correspondent for the New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. She has previously worked for other newspapers such as New York Post, New York Daily News and Politico. Being the daughter of a journalist, Maggie mastered the pros of her career quite early on which got her a Pulitzer prize for her Journalistic work regarding Donald Trump’s advisors’ relation with Russia. 

Haberman has always been quite intuitive from the start and it can be seen in her work. She also is seen to not give too much thought to criticism and backlashes which is also one of the reasons we see her still standing.

Haberman, being a competent journalist, knew how important it is to evolve with the changing times and so we see her hopping on the then-new twitter trend in early 2012 and interacting with the public, especially fellow writers discussing (and encouraging) constructive criticism from people with positive intentions.

The majority of the criticism was also conveyed in quite a positive manner in the beginning that Haberman quite enjoyed it. But, Alas! Like all good things, this reality too had to emphasize and show its dark side. We see Haberman posting an article regarding why she will be taking a break from Twitter on June 20th, 2018.

Her words included: 

“I consider myself fortunate to have had such a broad audience. I mostly enjoyed being able to interact with readers and suspect I will again someday. It just won’t be soon.”

Now, this might not be seen as a particularly shocking act as everyone needs a break once in a while but what intrigued the world was that Haberman portrayed the reason behind the break to show flaws in social media and its role in the downfall of true journalism.

You see, Haberman was nothing short of a Twitter addict as she found it a convenient and fast-paced platform for information and public opinion.

Her contribution in the 2016 elections and the major events afterward really shed a light on various perspectives and questions regarding important matters. Her tweets were no less than hundred a day at least and sometimes more than two hundred.

Nonetheless, all that tweeting did pay off as she has 485,000+ followers and her reach is quite widespread as 47,600,00+ people mention her or her tweets in a single day. 

“I checked the Twitter app on my phone, scrolling down to refresh, refresh, refresh. There was a comment I started to engage with — I opened a new post, tapped out some words, then thought better of it and deleted the tweet. The same thing happened repeatedly for the next two hours.”  

Haberman emphasizes on the point that twitter has become a toxic habit that is not contributing to the journalist’s information or intrigue anymore.

According to her it is currently just creating a horrible platform for discourse as people from around the world are giving their opinions but not everyone is to be considered as an expert.

On twitter anyone saying anything is subjected to criticism of the highest degree thinking that they are to blame for opinions as though they’re the opinion of a state. 

Twitter does create a place for healthy discussion about disagreements but it also ABSOLUTELY DEMANDS validation and justification about every person’s thoughts, often creating a whole other debate.

Although this is great for the act of accountability, it also creates problems, complex problems, for simple disagreement. Everybody is opinionated and has their own story to tell and most of them have valid reasons for their viewpoint but that person expects everyone to think the same as him which is impossible and if anyone says otherwise, they are considered as bad or irrational people.

Also, the fact that no one can accommodate every type of person and scenario except their own and maybe of their close ones is SOMEHOW HARD for people to comprehend. If the same debates are done offline, along with the information from the internet, the outcomes are 90% more peaceful, and less hateful speech is used because people don’t want to criticize other people to their face.

As Haberman says:

“The viciousness, toxic partisan anger, intellectual dishonesty, motive-questioning and sexism are at all-time highs, with no end in sight. It is a place where people who are understandably upset about any number of things go to feed their anger, where the underbelly of free speech is at its most bilious.”

Twitter CEO has responded to Haberman’s piece by saying the twitter team is doing their best in redeeming Twitter as a platform of authentic news but its goal is more of a collective attempt at peace and harmony by sharing soft topics. Haberman hopes that happens but for now, she is trying to rediscover journalism outside of the online plethora of pseudo-news and information because as we can see, true journalism is nothing less than a diamond in the rough.  

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