The latest Tweets from Mike Massimino (@Astro_Mike). Former @NASA astronaut, Professor at Columbia @CUSEAS, Sr. Advisor for Space Programs @IntrepidMuseum, Author of #Spaceman. New York, NY
@Astro_Mike is the reason I took to Twitter. At the time, I was simply blown away by the possibilities of astronauts having a direct connection to the general public, in real time, while on active missions. If anything happened on ISS, I didn’t have to wait to hear about it on the news.
I know that Trump is creating a backlash with his own Twitter account, but that’s the dual-edge of democracy. We shouldn’t be so eager to restrict his ability to tweet his real thoughts, just because we object to it. Don’t like what he says? Stop following his tweets. Tired of hearing about it? Turn the channel, change the subject. I do. A lot.
For every Donald Trump unhinged on Twitter, there is another Mike Massimino, another Neil Degrasse Tyson, another Bernie Sanders out there, sharing their worlds with us directly. If we try to weed out the bad, we may censor the good. Democracy has to work for everybody, and not just for the popular majority.
Just think how much knowledge and wisdom we would lose out on, if we decide that professionals should be politically correct on social media. If you feel like something should be shared with everyone else, you should be able to do so. And, of course, you should also expect to be held accountable for how you do that.
I forgot about my Twitter, until I came across a story about Mike’s historic tweets. I forgot how much I loved my Twittersphere.
It still blows me away that a robot on another planet was able to tweet us a live selfie to let us know it made it okay. So, whenever I wanna know whats going on Mars right now, I check Curiosity‘s twitter feed. We live in an age where we get extra-terrestrial messages from outer space robots, on our cell phones.
God Bless the internet.