At the beginning of the XXIe century, our ancestors had created a new agora which they called “Twitter”. This had the advantage – compared to the archaic model proposed by the Greeks – of allowing the simultaneous expression of a considerable number of people scattered all over the world. Moreover, the fact of going through the written word freed them from exhausting constraints such as having to be physically present, speak very loudly to be heard, or be silent to listen to the speaker.
In short, it seems that our ancestors saw in Twitter the promise of democratic renewal (at the time, we thought that discussing everything at length, and, given the time it took, choosing representatives paid to do so, was the panacea of political systems…). But, quite quickly, we observed a practice: leaving Twitter. The archives clearly show that this gesture – for it was obviously anything but anecdotal – was carried out with spectacularity. An ancestor announced with great pomp that he was going “leave twitter” (usually this announcement was made on Twitter because the contradiction did not stifle our ancestors), the news spread widely and quickly in the agora.
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The statistics revealed to us that very often, the message announcing the departure of someone was the one that had aroused the greatest interest in its production, which is another paradox… Sometimes it was celebrated and was even the subject of comments outside the agora, in what was still left of what was called the “mainstream press”.
This is a practice that we still struggle to understand why it had such symbolic power – it seems to us that commenting on someone entering the agora, rather than leaving, would have been more logical – especially since very often, a few months later, the ancestor who left with a bang, returned discreetly to take his place.