Those who have been on Twitter for any period of time have all experienced “The Block.” It usually follows a nasty exchange with another Twitterite where insults are exchanged or disagreement on fundamental issues are so profound that there is no point in continuing a relationship. I was once blocked by a fairly prominent person on Twitter after we disagreed on whether a military song rightly belonged in WWII or Korea. I can accept that. Of course, he was wrong and I was right, but at least I understood why he blocked me.
Sometimes people you follow or who follow you just mysteriously disappear from your timeline. That’s not unusual either. But when someone you like and respect suddenly blocks you, and you don’t know why it can be fairly devastating. You can’t ask them why, because, well, they blocked you. It’s like dating a guy for months, then all of a sudden he stops calling. He won’t return your phone calls, so you start wondering “Was it something I said?” “Did I use the wrong fork at dinner?” “Do you hate my cat?”
Noah, dear, I have always enjoyed your writing and thinking. I can’t imagine disagreeing with you, but if I did, I hope it was in a respectful manner. I’m usually only nasty to people who deserve it, and I seriously doubt you ever fell into that category. Perhaps I was being snarky or sarcastic and it came across the wrong way. [Note to Twitter: You really need sarcastic font.]
Please, Noah, give me a second chance. I’m sure we can make this relationship work. I’m willing to do whatever it takes. Maybe, just maybe, you blocked me by mistake. These things happen, and if that is the case, I am willing to overlook it.
As we are, at present, no longer on speaking terms, I beg all my friends on Twitter who follow @NoahCRothman to ask him if there is any hope for us in the future. I am willing to wait. And wait. And wait.