I think there’s a few issues all wrapped up here. Number one is the way journalists use twitter. There was a really good thread on this by some ABC dude. Essentially, if you want to be seen as an impartial journalist, than you really have to be careful not to give too much opinion. I think that was a fair point, (and Sales lockdown views were pretty evident from twitter.)
Misogyny is definitely an issue, and it’s an issue everywhere. It’s infuriating on the left, because they are supposed to be more aware and not do it, but they do.
I think also twitter is an issue. I follow Mary Beard, and she keeps getting in trouble on twitter. Some small user wrote something about her that she was upset by and she retweeted it on twitter to say why she felt it was unfair. From her perspective, she was dealing with the disagreement directly. Then all her followers hounded this poor unknown, unsuspecting person. I think people with lots of followers don’t always understand the impact they have and I think individual accounts with their drip, drip, drip don’t understand their impact. A little like essential baby in the old day when everybody disagreed with someone and cries of bullying would come up, but it was just individual people giving their perspective that disagreed with the original post. I imagine it can feel relentless when you’re on the receiving end.
So I don’t know what the answer is. I think the critiques of Sales being biased for a particular viewpoint have some legitimacy. I muted her because I knew what she was going to post whenever her name came up. But is twitter the place to raise that? (and it seems it got personal which is really not ok, I tend to skim and not really dive into the comments very often, so I think I missed a lot of it.) but then if it’s not the place to raise it, then is it ok to push a certain perspective on twitter? I think our biggest issue in Australia is that our media is not diverse enough, our ownerships laws are shit. so we are not getting a range of perspectives (really feeling that in Melbourne)
I just got onto twitter and it’s where I get most of my news now. I can follow experts like professor Doherty, and get some good insights into how the vaccines work (that guy is amazing.)
So anyway, I just got grey murky wishy washy thoughts and no answers.