Use mod­ern ‘fire­side chats’ with cau­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - LINDA FRIEHLING Great Falls, Vir­ginia

After read­ing Daniel Galling­ton’s in­sight­ful op-ed (“President Trumps tweets,” Web, July 17) I am struck by another unique as­pect of the tweet­ing ex­pe­ri­ence: the in­ti­macy of it. Although in­ti­macy has its dan­ger­ous side, we are in­escapably drawn to it like moths to a flame.

When else in his­tory has there been such im­me­di­ate and di­rect con­nec­tion to the un­pol­ished, hu­man, some­times-flawed side of a president? Per­haps FDR’s fire­side chats some­what sim­i­larly brought the president into the liv­ing rooms of or­di­nary Amer­i­cans, but President Trump’s un­cen­sored, spon­ta­neous, un­re­hearsed tweets take in­ti­macy with power to a new level. Bus driv­ers and teenagers, CEOs and short-or­der cooks — all are en­gag­ing in per­sonal con­ver­sa­tions with our president. After all, isn’t this what got him elected?

De­spite the pub­lic re­al­ity, so­cial me­dia over the In­ter­net car­ries the il­lu­sion of pri­vacy. To the tweeter it’s him or her and the most pow­er­ful per­son in the world hav­ing a very per­sonal, off-the-cuff con­ver­sa­tion. Use this well but with cau­tion, Mr. President.

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