On July 3rd I shared an image from an Independence Day celebration that’s a tradition in my home town. A colleague replied that celebration is difficult when children are in cages. On the morning of the 4th I opened Twitter to a short clip of a woman sobbing with the suggestion that the American flag is ‘bathed in our blood.’ Laurence Scott tells the story of a ... Continue Reading about Twitter’s Narrative Correction
As doctors grow in numbers on Twitter we tend to collect in silos based on ideology, etc. But know you’ve reached critical mass when we can curate tweets based on perceived generational differences among physicians. Check out #oldmedtwitter. Social media can be remarkably powerful. It can bring us together as well as pull us apart. Time will tell ... Continue Reading about OldMedTwitter – How Hashtags Impact #MedTwitter
This Wired article is worth a read. Tech is Downgrading Humans. It's time to fight back describes ex-Googler Tristan Harris’ efforts to start a conversation about the dark side of our technology. He's an important (and evolving) voice. Digging into the Twitter commentary there’s some scathing criticism of Harris’ thinking. Characterized by one as an ‘old man ... Continue Reading about Downgrading Humans – Tristan Harris as Tech’s Critical Voice
Docsplaining is the subject of a recent Postgraduate Medical Journal viewpoint by Dr. John Launer. Docsplaining, as described, is an endemic issue that characterizes physicians as condescending and uncaring actors in their communication with patients. This paper is worth reading if for nothing else than to illustrate the lens through which some physicians view ... Continue Reading about Docsplaining – An Unfair Generalization of Physicians
Last week on Twitter I watched a surgeon ask if it was okay to say that he loved to operate. But as a surgeon do you really need someone's permission to love surgery? A bizarre question on one level. Understandable in the context of online culture. So how have we reached a point where a surgeon can’t express that his chosen work is something he ... Continue Reading about Do You Need Permission to Love Surgery?
Medical cyberpresence can be stranger than fiction. Case in point is the saga of Dr. Eugene Gu. For those who don't remember, Gu as a surgical resident positioned himself as a victim of white supremacy at his training program's institution. Last year his public world exploded as a weird medical pseudoreality involving, among other things, anonymous Twitter accounts ... Continue Reading about Eugene Gu and MedTwitter’s Strangest Hour