Jordan Peterson Put Himself on a Much-Needed Twitter Time-Out

It’s a bitter pill when you try to troll the libs but get dunked on

Mitchell Peterson

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Unfortunately, Jordan Peterson is still out there rambling to live audiences, giving unsolicited and unhinged rants on podcasts, weeping in every single appearance, and has been tweeting his thumbs off.

I’ve made my thoughts on the man public on numerous occasions, and recently met with a friend who loves him, and we had a very fun back and forth while getting a hefty gin buzz. I’ve admitted there could be some value drawn from his personal development riff-raff, but overall believe he’s a massive net negative. In my opinion, writer Nathan Robinson said it best, “If Jordan Peterson is the most influential intellectual in the Western world, the Western world has lost its damn mind.”

But it’s a free country, he has every right to spew his nonsense wherever people want to hear it, and he’s going to continue his chaotic senseless speeches bouncing hectically from Stalin to God to radical feminism to freedom to all-meat diets while zoned-out audiences try their best to follow the long-forgotten thread.

But he won’t be as active on Twitter.

After a slate of recent controversies and murderous ratio-ing, he is taking a break from the platform, stating in a series of tweets, “I recently stopped accessing Twitter for three weeks as an experiment. I had some of my staff post video links etc. It was a genuine relief. I started to read & write more. I started using it again, a few days ago, and I would say that my life got worse again almost instantly…The endless flood of vicious insult is really not something that can be experienced anywhere else. I like to follow the people I know but I think the incentive structure of the platform makes it intrinsically and dangerously insane…So I told my staff to change my password, to keep me from temptation, and am departing once again. If I have something to say I’ll write an article or make a video. If the issue is not important enough to justify that then perhaps it would be best to just let it go.”

I don’t disagree with him there. Twitter is a dumpster fire of insults and trolling. And the algorithm and incentive structure are flawed and promote…

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Mitchell Peterson

Freelance writer who spent nine years outside the US, currently in rural America writing the Substack bestseller 18 Uncles.