Please Stop Paying Attention to Laura Levites

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Who is Laura Levites? About the only people who have heard of her are conservatives reading reports about the latest offensive thing that she said on Twitter.

This isn’t like covering something offensive that Cher, Betty Midler or some other celebrity said. This is turning a Twitter troll no one had heard of before into a celebrity by rewarding her every time she says something awful about conservatives. By now Levites knows that if she needs attention, all she has to do is saying something ridiculously outrageous and offensive. And voila.

Is that really what we want to be doing? Turning trolling us into a career strategy? Levites’ Twitter profile directly references the fact that she’s trolling. And she figures that if she does this enough, it’ll compensate for her lack of talent.

There’s no winning strategy involved in turning a troll into a celebrity. It’s feeding the outrage machine on thin gruel. There are plenty of things worth being angry about. Pretending that Levites’ latest flame bait is one of them is not a good use of our time or energy. There are plenty of offensive people on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.

Rewarding them for being offensive is not a smart strategy.

Laura Levites is a troll. Ignore her and she’ll have nothing to do buy mark time by going back to her one-woman show of complaining about her boyfriends. Keep paying attention to her and she’ll be able to parlay that attention into a career and then she’ll be the new Kathy Griffin.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Fortunately, I haven’t a clue to what Daniel is talking about, because while I have a Twitter account, I don’t send anything out on it, but do receive “tweets,” which I do not acknowledge or otherwise engage. I understand the Twitter universe is vast, but it’s a realm I simply refuse to enter. Thus, my ignorance of Laura Levites, and so, by Daniel’s account of her, I am indeed blessed.

    • Mimi Mayes

      Yes, you are, and you have no idea.

  • Gee

    DogmaelJones1 – I too have no clue. I do not have a Twitter account, nor can I figure out what good it is.

    • DogmaelJones1

      But, if it weren’t for Twitter, the whole plot scheme of a series like “House of Cards” would fall flat on its face. Principal characters in that series “tweet” at least once per episode, or use their cell phones to send “tweet-length” messages to each other.

  • glpage

    I don’t have a Twitter account, I don’t feel like every little thing I say is dripping with earth shaking importance. Twitter was designed to let people like this Laura Levites feel like they actually matter to more of the world than just their little slice.

  • Softly Bob

    Ironically, Daniel you have made her more attention-worthy by writing this article about her, but regardless of that, I do see your point.

  • ebonystone

    I’m not sure, but I think “tweeting” is something that twits do.

  • BS77

    Twitter is for the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder types sitting in Starbucks for six hours

  • No RNC

    I’d say give Twitter a try. It’s better than bookmarking fav sites & will widen your consciousness. It is habit forming though.