Birthed from the discord between two designers I admire and respect, Raph Koster and Aunt Pixelante, comes this article that slaps me with a sobering statement. And also makes me wonder if its at all possible to really have art as a dialogue. Also makes me feel stupid for not seeing it this way before.
There’s a temptation when tragedy hits–especially violent tragedy–to use it to prove a worldview right as people take to Twitter to transform dead and mangled bodies into scaffolding under a preexisting belief. It’s execrable. Whether it’s a rush to assign blame, a speculation regarding motive, or an I-told-you-so matters little. That kind of stuff can play badly enough in a next day op-ed, but in an unedited 140 character tweet issued shortly after some terrible thing has just gone down, it’s pure poison.
Mat Honan makes a strong case for how the best response to a tragedy, on Twitter or elsewhere, is to shut up. (via jimray)