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July 17, 2017

A Fine Whine, Pungent and Quirky: Donald Trump Blocked Me on Twitter and It's Destoying Muh Careers!

Jesus wept giggled.

Most of my writing is about the Trump administration. In fact, my mandate from Pacific Standard is “Trump and the law.” On Twitter, the bulk of my recent follower growth and new relationships with others in the politico-legal sphere have come out of responding quickly when the president tweets and engaging the threads of conversation that flow from those tweets.

So when President Donald Trump blocked me in June, apparently for suggesting that Russia influenced the outcome of the 2016 election, he harmed me professionally. Even though I knew @realDonaldTrump was important to my career, it still took me at least a few days to recognize how being blocked by the president on Twitter would affect me as a public intellectual...

Gone now is my ability to participate in the timeliest and most robust conversations around law, policy, and politics on Twitter—those around the president’s tweets.

Of course, she can just go on Twitter in a different browser, as a guest, and see all of Trump's tweets. But what she's complaining about is that she doesn't get to have her #SickBurnz listed as replies to his tweets, where Very Important People can see them and retweet them and help her get Opportunities For Further Lucrative Tweeting.


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Every day I’m blocked I lose opportunities to advance my views and engage others'—literally the reason a reader follows a writer’s work, the substance a publication pays a writer for—in these conversations. I can’t fire off a 140-word tweet, create a thread, or share pieces I write to drive discussion within these very conversations . That quick click I thought was so inconsequential is constraining my career in ways I have yet to fully appreciate.

This is the sort of bent Millennial whiner who should (Don't end on a preposition, Ace) up with which shut the fuck.

Below, two videos I've linked before, but never with such vim.


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