Think back twenty years. If somebody told you then that someday the Pope was going to tweet and it would be broadcast around the world, what would you have thought?
In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t tweet. I don’t intend to tweet anytime soon. And I don’t follow people who do tweet. It’s not that I am morally opposed to tweeting. I figure if people (including the Pope) want to tweet, they can have at it. It’s alright with me. But there’s no one on earth whose 140-character rants, opinions, or observations I’m dying to read.
Earlier today I was driving and listening to an XM Radio news station. A reporter was talking to a Vatican representative about the Pope’s tweets. He asked, first, if they were to be considered infallible like the Bible. The answer was no. Then he said, “So what kind of things can we expect the Pope to say when he tweets?” The answer: “Oh, you know, things like ‘Feed the hungry’ and ‘Be good to your neighbor.'”
I mean no disrespect, but that answer didn’t make me want to run home and set up a Twitter account.
Like I said, I have no problem with Tweeting. It does, however, make me sad that our culture has become so shallow. Not only do we think we can communicate in a meaningful way in 140 characters or less, we apparently hang on the tweets of people who are, shall we say, not expected to become Nobel Laureates anytime soon. A quick Google search revealed that the top 4 people with the most Twitter followers are: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.
I know what some of you are thinking, especially you tweetaholics. You’re thinking, “Come on, Mark. Lighten up! Quit being an old curmudgeon. It’s just Twitter, for heaven’s sake.”
I know. And I get it. I really do. Like I said, I’m not on a vendetta against Twitter. I just feel a little forlorn thinking about how 140 characters of meaningless drivel from someone who has a hit record can captivate the world, when there’s so much wonderful, edifying literature (including the Bible) that sits unread and unappreciated.
The world is eating a steady diet of candy while an entire buffet table of the world’s greatest recipes goes to waste.