Beat the System: Nancy Pelosi is absolutely right about Twitter

BOSTON — Thank you, thank you, thank you Nancy Pelosi.

That’s not something I’ve written before and may not be something I’ll write again. But when it comes to the subject of Twitter, the speaker of the House of Representatives is right on target.

No, activists, your “Twitter world” isn’t the real world.

No, “social media” isn’t a normal, representative human community.

And no, “buzz” on social media is not a guide to public opinion or “public sentiment.” It’s just brief burst of the “madness of crowds.”

Taking opinion on Twitter TWTR, +2.03% too seriously helped cost the Democrats the 2016 election, and will probably cost them the 2020 one as well.

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