World Wide Web Gems

For me, it started in 2010. I dipped my toe into it, not knowing what exactly it was or where it would lead. To my surprise, it enhanced my knowledge and enjoyment of the things that I cared about the most. Then I began to contribute, and not just consume. I found myself having more conversations with complete strangers, from whom I learned much and also enjoyed the opportunity to share my viewpoint. Now, I have assembled a network of experts whose opinions I trust and respect, friends I’ve never met, and a look into perspectives I would not otherwise see.

The tool that’s provided all of these things to me is Twitter. I would not be writing on this site, and you would not be reading it, were it not for Twitter. It’s been a game-changing tool to those who use it, impacting the way we communicate, consume, and evaluate information.

There is perhaps no better source for breaking news, and this especially holds true for baseball news. The hot stove of the offseason is seemingly always set to a boil because of the quantity of information made available to the average Joe; all we have to do is follow the right people.

With great power comes great responsibility. And, because of the nature of some humans to garner the attention of others, that power has begun to be abused. No longer is it enough to trust legitimate resources to provide us news, analysis, or even humor. Now, several users are springing up who claim to be valid, but only add to the noise and confusion. Too much importance is being placed on the desire to be the first to report anything, with less regard for the accuracy and quality of the information provided.

Any form of online social media has always had the issue of the user who hides behind his/her computer screen and will write insulting, abusive, and discriminatory comments they would never dare to speak in a face-to-face interaction. These “internet muscles” have become an occupational hazard, and I think we have adapted to live with them. This new wave of soliciting false information is another hurdle to climb in the way of productive online consummation, and what a frustrating hurdle it has become.

The good news with Twitter is that you are in control of the information you receive. This means that if you are like me, you can exercise your option to be selective in who you choose to “follow”, thus reducing your exposure to cyber-bullies and phony attention-grabbers. You also have the power to not interact with these individuals, and abstain from granting them the attention they are going to such great lengths to receive.

Here at ShutDown Inning, we are committed to providing you quality content that enhances your enjoyment of the Rangers, and the sport of baseball overall. This holds true for everything you will find on our site, as well as what you will see on each of our personal Twitter accounts.

I encourage you to continue to interact with us on Twitter. Follow the beat writers, the national experts, and other Ranger fans as you so choose. It is a great tool; it would be a shame to allow a disruptive minority to force it to go to waste. 

Peter is a Shut Down Inning Staff Writer. Email him at, or you can reach him on Twitter @peter_ellwood
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