Monday, March 28, 2011

Shameless begging, or: Twitterfighting ain't about who's smarter (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Vanquished. Quandoque bonus dormitat homerus. I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country -- Victory or Death, etc.

Look, I know I said she's really smart. (I know I said she's smarter than you, in fact. And smarter than me.) But twitterfighting ain't about smarts. It's about doggedness. It's about volume. It's about shouting the other guy/gal down, and making sure that your inferior intelligence is drowned out by a wall of nearly-nonsensical words. And when it comes to twitterfighting, @allthingsct -- aka Australian (!) counterterrorism expert Leah Farrall -- well, she can't hold a candle to me.

The tournament of the millennium has been going on for two rounds now, with nary a peep from me. I didn't know when the brackets went up. I didn't gripe when I was a 6 seed. I didn't ask for your votes when I was matched up against global media sensations and darlings of the south Asian twitterverse. And I vanquished opponents with over 15,000 combined followers. Little ol' pseudonymous me.

But now there's a different challenge: Farrall. She's serious. She plays for keeps. She's done with her dissertation, so she's probably got a lot of time to engage with her followers and stamp out idiocy in the twitterverse. She's probably got a lot of time for twitterfighting.

So where is she? Your guess is as good as mine. You know what's important in twitterfighting, just like in global hegemony and military preeminence? Persistent presence. That's what you get from the only legitimately pseudonymous twitterer left in the twitterfightclub bracket. Don't disappoint, followers and readers. Cast a vote for freedom, not for the Taliban's pen-pal. Go Gulliver.

P.S. Leah is awesome, and everything above is a joke. But still: vote for me.

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