They style it “social media” – which is like styling what the government forces you to hand over to Social Security a “contribution.”
In fact, “social media” is the antithesis of both. It is anti-social, for openers, as it disconnects and alienates the individual from society, as in the form of other (real) people. In favor of “Tweeting” – a thing anyone not an 11-year-old girl ought to be embarrassed to admit they do.
These “Tweets” are inherently diminishing – in terms of intelligent conversation – because they make the latter all-but-impossible by restricting how much you’re allowed to say as well as what you are allowed to say. Try to imagine having an intelligible conversation with someone about anything more complicated than whether you or they like chocolate ice cream if that conversation were limited to no more than the number of “characters” in the sentence you just read.
It’s a stunted form of communication not far removed from the manner in which Koko the gorilla communicates. And far more degrading, as humans are capable of a broader range of communication than Koko.
But then, the idea is to reduce humans to the intellectual level of gorillas – gorillas not as advanced as Koko.
These “Tweets” are not merely necessarily degrading as such, they are also strictly monitored and controlled by the “social media” platforms – that are in fact publishers, though selectively and without any meaningful accountability. If you “Tweet” – it makes my teeth ache to even type this word – anything the arbiters of what is allowed do not like, it is disallowed. Worse than that – which has at least the merit of being above-board (as in you know it is being disallowed).
The “social media” platforms have refined to a high (that is low) art the “shadow banning” of those who “Tweet” unorthodoxies, particularly if true. The “Tweet” seems to appear, but no one other than the person who “Tweeted” it sees it. Eventually, the person who posted the Tweet” sees what is happening – because nothing happens. It is like a water spigot that is turned on – and off – by the hidden hand of powers unseen.
Only a fool continues attempting to play a game when he’s not even allowed on the field. Or can be put in the “penalty box” arbitrarily, randomly – as for example when one receives a “violation” notice from Gooo-guhl advising you have breached some rule which they will not disclose, so as to make it literally impossible for you to have the slightest idea what the specifics of the “violation” were.
There is only one solution to this kind of game. It is to stop playing it.
Instead of “Tweeting” like Koko the gorilla – and feeling your IQ lower in tandem with your self-respect – converse at length with other human beings on sites that allow it, as much of it as you like – and about whatever you like.
I mean all sites that do not restrict how much you’re allowed to say – and about what. This site is one of them, of course – and I hope you will use it to connect and converse as adults, with other humans who have the bandwidth to express themselves better than Koko the gorilla.
Sites such as this one are smaller than the “social media” sites, of course. But then so are small towns.
Which are more . .. sociable? In which of the two do you feel as though you have more . . . connection?
It is also about more than that, in a smaller kind-of-way. The way forward is the antithesis of centralization. It is decentralization. Of everything. The same principle that underlies saying sayonara to “social media” in favor of sociability – with real human beings – underlies saying sayonara to the inhuman-scale mega-corporations that are adulterating our food with poisons and charging us more for less of it, that are in bed with the government to use government to force us to buy what they cannot persuade us to buy; that want to herd and pen us like cattle.
The way out of that pen is to stampede – and head for greener pastures.
If you’re reading this, you’ve just found one.
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