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Let's consider the dystopian potential of 280-character Twitter

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Twitter, seemingly desperate to kill everything that makes people enjoy using it, has just announced a drastic new change: increasing the current 140-character tweet limit to 280.

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While the limit increase doesn’t seem like a very big deal on its surface, we as human beings must always, like all technological pioneers from Frankenstein to the Oracle at Musk, consider the potential harm this move could bring.

First up is the obvious one: continuing to ignore endemic harassment issues that make the site unusable for many.

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Many, many (many) other tweets consider another dark scenario, addressing the GOP elephant in the room.

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And the best in this vein:

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Lastly, the news at least prompted a few good jokes to cheer us all up while contemplating our grim Twitter future:

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Reid McCarter

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.