Tricks or Tweets? Twittering Ghostwriters Behind the Machines

Who are all these people who have time to follow the tweets of stars and politicians? And could anything be more pathetic—or wasteful of a human being’s time? Well, yes, there is something more pathetic and wasteful. It turns out that most stars and politicians don’t even write their own tweets, but have them ghost written, wasting the time of the employed ghostwriters—who could be doing something actually productive with their skills—and wasting the time of those who follow them (imagining that they are hearing from actual stars or politicians).

The New York Times today:

The famous, of course, have turned to ghostwriters for autobiographies and other acts of self-aggrandizement. But the idea of having someone else write continual updates of one’s daily life seems slightly absurd.


About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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