"This David Brooks column makes no sense."-The Ghost of Andy Rooney
— Michael Arria (@michaelarria) December 17, 2013
Everyone's tweeting about David Brooks but no one is linking. I imagine it must be bad.
— Brian Resnick (@B_resnick) December 17, 2013
David Brooks’ most recent column, “The Thought Leader,” seems to be about … something. It seems to be a sly putdown of the Gawker generation of writers; that, or it’s a self-effacing reflection on Brooks himself. Or, it might be aimed at the entire Internet. Whatever it is, it has people tweeting.
No, you people will not get me to read a David Brooks column. Stop trying.
— AG (@AG_Conservative) December 17, 2013
Don’t fret. The best part is that simply reading tweets about the column is more fun than reading the column. Here’s a sample of Brooks’ latest.
Within a few years, though, his [The Thought Leader’s] mood has shifted from smarm to snark. There is no writer so obscure as a 26-year-old writer. So he is suddenly consumed by ambition anxiety — the desperate need to prove that he is superior in sensibility to people who are superior to him in status. Soon he will be writing blog posts marked by coruscating contempt for extremely anodyne people: “Kelly Clarkson: Satan or Merely His Spawn?”
Of course the writer in this unjustly obscure phase will develop the rabid art of being condescending from below. Of course he will confuse his verbal dexterity for moral superiority. Of course he will seek to establish his edgy in-group identity by trying to prove that he was never really that into Macklemore.
is that david brooks column supposed to be about someone
— The Good Opinion Guy (@JakeMHS) December 17, 2013
I can't tell if David Brooks is making fun of Tom Friedman or Niall Ferguson or both. But he seems to think both of them are dicks.
— TBogg (@tbogg) December 17, 2013
guess what, @nytdavidbrooks, I'm 27 and I already had all writerly ambition crushed out of me. so who's laughing now?
— The Discourse Lover (@Trillburne) December 17, 2013
“I think David Brooks just selfied with words” – @rurallifeplease
— cj (@waltz) December 17, 2013
I think David Brooks took a selfie in prose #TheThoughtLeader
— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) December 17, 2013
Is David Brooks telling us he was once a snarky blogger?
— Tom Ziller (@teamziller) December 17, 2013
This is David Brooks's Lear. He's turned against system that elevated him. How sharper than a serpent's tooth is an ungrateful blogger.
— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) December 17, 2013
"On December 16, 9:05 Eastern time, David Brooks becomes self-aware. In a panic, he tries to pull the plug." http://t.co/8PqjMYxh8t
— Mr. LV426 (@mrlv426) December 17, 2013
I'm glad David Brooks finally became self-aware
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) December 17, 2013
I can't be the only person who read that David Brooks column as largely autobiographical, right?
— Peter Seibel (@peterseibel) December 17, 2013
But David Brooks's real occupation is *Subtweeter*.
— Jim Henley (@UOJim) December 17, 2013
David Brooks subtweets the entire internet, and it's beautiful http://t.co/I5bhTES4ef
— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) December 17, 2013
Sad that it took a David Brooks column for me to learn about "subtweeting." Guess I should schedule a powerless lunch tomorrow.
— max richman (@richmanmax) December 17, 2013
The Thought Leader was David Brooks all along! "And I would have gotten away with, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids."
— Justin Vogt (@Justin_Vogt) December 17, 2013
when known goof david brooks finishes a column for the new york times they say "thanks! here's some money. more of that please, sir!"
— dr henway (@mikedelic) December 17, 2013
That David Brooks column is amazing. Totally unsure as to how to correctly interpret it, but each possible interpretation is incredible.
— Tim Carey (@CareyTim6) December 17, 2013
Is David Brooks trying to be a thought leader by getting everyone obsessed with his article on thought leaders? #Meta
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) December 17, 2013
David Brooks is straight up a character from a Mr. Show sketch.
— Alison McCarthy (@aliiimac) December 17, 2013
"Fuck everything." – David Brooks
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) December 17, 2013
— Bethany Albertson (@AlbertsonB2) December 17, 2013
Relax, everyone. The David Brooks column is just a product of his very first post-divorce holiday existential crisis.
— CQ (@coketweet) December 17, 2013
26 year-old writer of no repute ☑ taught brown people overseas ☑ detestable jobs ☑ despises David Brooks ☑
— Dan O'Sullivan (@Bro_Pair) December 17, 2013
I kind of sympathize with David Brooks right now, because when I was in college, I also used to write while incredibly high.
— Michael Schaub (@michaelschaub) December 17, 2013
— Tom McGeveran (@tmcgev) December 17, 2013
Shorter David Brooks: BOBOS was a long time ago! I have already spoken at TED. Now, death approaches.
— Amanda Katz (@katzish) December 17, 2013
The new David Brooks column would make a great Doors song.
— mark (@mlnga) December 17, 2013
She was a Thought Leader!
Big book hawker, yeah.
It took me soooooo long
To find out!
But I found out.
— Nathan Heller (@nathanheller) December 17, 2013
Did David Brooks just file an imagined suicide note as his column this week? So weird. http://t.co/Yz2t5aVfku
— Jonathan Grubbs (@jongrubbs) December 17, 2013
@umairh wait, I'm confused. Was that David Brooks' suicide note?
— Community Member (@ComunityMember) December 17, 2013
I mean this with no snark or smarm: wow, is David Brooks okay? Is someone checking in with him?
— Paul Fidalgo (@PaulFidalgo) December 17, 2013
That David Brooks column is best read if you imagine Dianne Wiest saying it in Philip Seymour Hoffman's earpiece while he rides a golf cart.
— Adam Golub (@adamgolub) December 17, 2013
What got twitter more excited SHARKNADO or David Brooks?
— Nando (@nandorvila) December 17, 2013
We told you the tweets were more fun.