John Dickerson is a correspondent for 60 Minutes. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Atlantic and the host of the Whistlestop podcast and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

What RTs Mean

Hi! Thanks for checking in. I didn’t really think people clicked on links in the Twitter profiles. I feel restored by your arrival here.

Anyway, when I Re-Tweet something it means one of the following things:

-Not what you think.

-Exactly what you think, based on our long association and friendship, which leads you to conclude that I agree with the underlying Tweet, or I don’t agree with it at all, but find it intellectually interesting. I am a writer because I think things are interesting. It is possible to find things interesting without selling your house and leaving your family to go on tour following the idea. Or, you might conclude, I hit the RT button by mistake.

-If the Tweet being re-published is about being kind, thoughtful, slow to judge, open to learning and joy then I probably agree with it. Unless I don’t for some quirky reason.

-It’s a part of my quixotic attempt to get people to stop judging motives, open up their fellow-feeling, accept some basic foundation of common humanity or open up the window and feel the press of fresh air.

-Mostly, though, the RTs are an effort to get everyone to learn about Fundamental Attribution Errors.

2 thoughts on “What RTs Mean”

  1. I find this to be a really great response, thought process, and all around mindset for the “RT”. That, plus a point of proof that people follow links on Twitter (and extra proof that they will comment) made me want to comment 😊

    I have watched you on CBS This Morning. Used to see you on Face The Nation (though, to be honest, I tend to avoid Sunday poltical or any round table shows…never been my cup of tea). I happened across here via your link on Twitter (first time visiting your Twitter profile). Always interested in hearing ypur take and appreciate your writing and reporting style to bring hidden facts forward or breathe new life to old, forgotten, or overlooked facts.

  2. I’m a big fan. Watched you with admiration on Face the Nation and cbs this morning and now I’ll have to watch 60 minutes again. When you interviewed my fav John Prine played guitar with and sang Paradise I was blown away. When you said you sang Paradise to your babies tears streamed down my cheeks. I Recently discovered your podcasts as well, love them. Keep up the good work, it matters.

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