Tweet Delete

In the digital age, it’s a bit less easy to forget your mistakes. This week, reporters seized on the sudden disappearance of pro-Trump tweets published by Kanye West. It seems that the rapper changed his mind about the new President and elected to redact his social media feed accordingly. He is not alone in wanting to erase the past.  Rita Ora deleted her tweet promising to play her new song if she got 100,000 retweets, (she got 1,381).  Mary J Blige deleted her tweet which asked, ‘Why is it that people always try to understand estimate my intelligents?’ (I wonder), and Charlie Sheen deleted his tweet describing ex-wife Denise Richards as ‘a heretic washed-up piglet shame pile’, (they since made up). As George Orwell wrote in 1984: “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” – a salutary reminder in a world of political redactions and fake news.