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VIDEO: John Phillips and I Talk About the Social Media Generation

Have Twitter and Facebook coarsened our culture? What impact has this had on Millennial political engagement?

Dave Swindle


February 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm

I had such a wonderful time yesterday talking to John Phillips, the Los Angeles correspondent for Next Generation TV, the newest wing of the PJ Media family. Click here or on the screen shot above to watch our 11 minute conversation at PJTV on the future of Twitter, the challenges of juggling ideological friends on Facebook, and social media’s role in the political culture today.


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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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I've never understood Twitter, which is essentially texting someone you don't know. I guess it is too much to expect Rhianna to have a cell phone conversation with 12 million people. Yes, when you text someone you don't know, you're probably gonna throw in a few insults along the line. So I never understood the direct line from landlines to cell phones to texting. Is the next step going back to the beeper? Probably a good way to avoid tiresome insults. "I'll get back to you stranger and if there are no insults I may respond." Facebook should have a message machine. Better yet no message machine or cell phones. I used to like it when people couldn't get a hold of me. Now it's the equivalent of someone banging on a room they know you're in while you pretend you're not. If I was a celebrity I'd hire someone to text on Twitter. They'd write, "Making potato salad out of dolphins and unicorns is plain wrong" while I was in Cambodia chasing the dragon with 50 hookers and a bottle of Jack Daniels.
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