Richard Armitage has been deleting tweets again! As an interested observer, I actually find it rather an intriguing feature of Richard Armitage’s “online” or “social media” personality. I don’t pretend to know what to make of it, but it does secretly amuse me, and it’s kind of fun to predict for myself about how long this post or that one will stay up. (I didn’t expect the A. Wank joke to last more than a day or two.) Of course I have absolutely no insight into his thinking process, or perhaps the thinking process of his presumptive PR-team, but nevertheless I entertained a fanciful picture of him reading that later, then suddenly his ears turning pink as he wondered if his mum saw that! LOL
But wow, what a discussion, replete with various levels of disappointment, sorrow, panic, and blame-placing! I don’t know what to make of all these deleted tweets other than that for whatever reason, Richard Armitage (or his PR team) second-guesses him(self) on a pretty frequent basis. It seems pretty straightforward that if he’s going to tweet this joke or that political/social statement, he has to expect and understand that he will draw responses from those active on Twitter, and not all will be positive.
That doesn’t mean that the people tweeting back at him, however much we may agree with their sentiments or disagree with their sentiments or applaud them or cringe at them, don’t have a right to tweet (or as I sometimes think, bleat) away, and I don’t think we can fairly place blame (i.e. Richard will leave Twitter, or Richard will from now on only tweet work-related posts) because of perceived “ugliness” directed at him on Twitter. Even if that is totally true or partially true, ultimately Richard (and/or his PR team) are going to do as they see fit. He has every right to take a tweet down again later if he wants to, just as I can, or anyone can.
I don’t believe I’ve deleted any of my own (rare) tweets as of yet, but I sure have deleted a Facebook post or two in my time… but that was down to me, not the fault of anyone else. And yes, I have changed my mode of Facebook posting over the years. There was a time years ago when I would put up a political observation and have huge, long comment threads (of 50-100 comments) in the discussion of political issues. Most of the time they were remarkably civil! Still, once in a while I would myself become frustrated with what I considered to be completely ignorant “talking points”, and eventually, I began to be irritated at people I love. I decided it was better for my peace of mind to stay away from making political posts, and now I mostly stick to funny things the kids say and do. While I don’t get comment threads of 50-100 anymore, I can read my comments with a smile and a light heart.
My decision to stop putting up political posts wasn’t the fault of those who disagreed with me, though. It was just what felt right to me and gave me peace of mind. I’ve since had a number of people mention to me that they missed my political comment threads, that they were fun and one of the few places where they could express political opinions with other civilly-behaved, if not like-minded, intelligent people. Sometimes I miss that, too, inasmuch as there are few places on the internet where political commentary isn’t full of insults and name-calling… and I’m sorry that my politically active friends were disappointed… but I still don’t want to talk politics on Facebook or any other social media site, and that’s my prerogative.
I suppose it’s entirely possible that just as I moved away from posting political thoughts on Facebook, RA may gradually evolve or trend in some direction or another in his social media platform… but that’s ok. If it happens, and that’s a big if… I know I’d miss the jokes and the awesome hashtags, but it’s not as if we don’t get glimpses of his humor in other forms, such as interviews and Q&A’s.
Anyway, a long-winded way to say, I’m not convinced that RA is going anywhere or changing his ways completely, or planning to never ever post jokes, pictures of himself, or compliments to colleagues, etc. But if he impulsively posts something, then doesn’t have peace of mind, for whatever reason, he’s probably going to delete it.
Be quick with your screencaps, I say! It’s like as not to disappear!