The stories we live by in a society, and as a civilization, are a cross-pollination of narratives, derived from age-old belief systems, traditions, rituals, religions and literature, tempered and adapted organically by modern epistemology, pedagogy, philosophy, cultural context and the purely experiential. There’s an inherent, and perhaps predictable narrowing, or reduction, of the “allowable” within these structures. And because of an inevitable tendency toward identity and ideology, our struggles individually and socially arise as and when this unconscious mechanism is either unwittingly or deliberately used against us.
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The dissident voice, or truther community, has always been heavily scrutinized, ridiculed, and considered to be the lesser, ignorant, extremist element of society, where fringe believers of a vast sea of conspiracy theories, and seemingly outrageous claims about our reality gravitate toward and propogate. And because of a persistent smear campaign — meticulously maintained across all mass, centralized media sources since time immemorial — that keeps these curious, questioning, researching, investigative minds segmented and ostracized from the mainstream narrative, it’s only too easy to cast anything and anyone who dares to challenge orthodoxy, doctrine, and established paradigm into the same bin.
Power is a subjective idea. Zuckerberg and Dorsey can play only on/with their now massive, contentious, schoolyard, infantilistic pratforms — but not one single person is forced to use them. So, it’s your choice to afford them that power. Socialist media has become the mainstay for armchair activists and couch commentators. Grab your Doritos and pretend to know or care about what the fuck is really happening out in the world. Get real.
A lot of people are paranoid and concerned about the ever-changing “terms and conditions” of these self-important technocrats operating social media giants. It’s a little ridiculous, and naive, if you think they’re only now capturing and getting a machine-learning high from all the data you’ve been providing, for free, for decades.