Slate: Twitter’s Fake Follower Controversy Exposes Social Media’s Underlying Economies of Shame

Slate: Twitter’s Fake Follower Controversy Exposes Social Media’s Underlying Economies of Shame. “Twitter is a machine designed to generate ugly feelings. Here everything is subject to quantification: the number of people who like the things you tweet, the number who share your words with their own followers, and, perhaps most of all, the number who follow you. If you spend too much time on the platform, those numbers quickly become an index of your own self-worth, and no matter how high they get, they will always be too small.”