Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bill Mitchell — The Twitter echo chamber

It is Wednesday so just a few things to report and discuss. I have noted in recent weeks an upsurge in the Twitter noise about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and various statements along the lines that MMT economists are male chauvinists, mindlessly attack other heterodox economists because we are a religious cult, that we thrive on conflict, that only the US has a sovereign government and more. Quite amazing stuff. And these attacks are coming mostly from the so-called heterodox side of the economics debate although not exclusively. It is quite an interesting exercise to try to understand the motivations that are driving this social media behaviour. Things that would never be said face-to-face are unleashed with regularity these days. There appears to be a sort of self-reinforcing ‘echo chamber’ that this squad operate within and it seems to lead to all sorts of bravado that would be absent in face-to-face communication. None of the attacks seem to have any substance or foundation. They just reflect an insecurity with the way that MMT is creating awareness and challenging progressives to be progressive. And, they just make the Tweeters look stupid. I thought I would document some of the recent trail of nonsense to let you know what is going on in case you haven’t been following it. It is a very interesting sociological phenomena.
I concluded some time ago that following social media is a waste of time. I can't figure out why on earth anyone with any intelligence would be bothered with paying attention to it other than as an interesting historical, sociological and anthropological phenomenon of the so-called information age. Looks like noise to me. I'd characterize social media as the drivel chamber, good mostly for disseminating fake news, conspiracy theory, and propaganda.

Bill Mitchell – billy blog
The Twitter echo chamber
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

1 comment:

Konrad said...

” As regular readers will know I am interested in the discussion as to why social democratic parties and the ‘Left’ have fallen so far out of favour.” ~ Bill Mitchell

Could it possibly have anything to do with people growing tired of identity politics and political correctness?

Some people see everything as manifestations of “anti-Semitism,” “toxic masculinity,” “homophobia," and so on.