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.
Tag: social media
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.
It seems in the age of “wokeness” and sensationalistic activism that there has been a swift and severe degradation of our capacity for civil discourse and critical conversation on challenging and complicated issues. The moment a narrative has traction or popular adoption, speaking against it in any way places you solidly in the “against us” category. It’s embarrassing, infantilistic, and clearly holding us back from progressing as a collective.
It starts at the top. We all know that. What we don’t really know is who is truly at the top; it certainly isn’t a president, prime minister, nor a pope. Oligarchs? Clever (yet evil) aliens? Stonecutters? Regardless, our modern world is dependent on hierarchical structures of power — especially in government, industry, commerce, education, science and religion — all of which are largely subservient to the market (capitalist) system. The system is obviously broken, though this isn’t news to most of us.
In today’s information age, it’s a fairly easy thing to get overwhelmed. When you have mainstream media nonsense, social media addiction, video games and endless phone apps, you’re likely heading for a regular dose of sensory and emotional overload.