Does social media have a negative effect on you?
Remember social media is reading other peoples thoughts. Which can impact you if you allow it. You no longer have free speech unless its aligns with left wing of the bird. I deleted fb awhile ago. No regrets. Banned from twitter. I wear that badge proudly. But what got me banned is ridiculous. I said there is only one race the human race.
It's definitely having a negative effect on me. It is becoming plain as day to me that social media has allowed people to rip their filters off and say whatever crap thoughts come to their heads. People are getting downright nasty with each other now (often in a passive-aggressive way) and it is extremely disheartening. (Sorry, I am an idealist and life has not 100% cured me of it, yet.) Then I want to start being nasty! Kind of like when people honk at you in traffic and you just want to honk right back or give them the one-finger Alabama salute after awhile. Fuck 'em.
Then on top of that, they're pitting us against each other through algorithms. I don't even feel free sharing from any type of news or other source anymore (mainstream, alternative, doesn't matter) because someone will dismiss it or question my judgment. Whatever.
If Facebook wasn't the only way people bother to stay in touch anymore, I'd probably leave. As it is, I left twice. People rarely reached out after that unless they were immediate family. May as well not exist!
And you are right about the algorithms too.
Some of the people may not be people, especially when you're talking about "likes". It's one of the easiest ways to manipulate people and then some.
I quit all social media a few years ago. It's engineered to be an anxiety machine. Life produces its own. I don't need the rest or the world's constant need for validation, attention and pity. I miss some of my online friends but eh.
I don't even feel free sharing from any type of news or other source anymore (mainstream, alternative, doesn't matter) because someone will dismiss it or question my judgment. Whatever.
I'm afraid I may be one of the people who did this to you - I am sorry. I was inadvertent and totally unintended. This is what I was intending to nod at...
There is a perception (which is normal) that some of the media people lean left or right. That's what we've all thought, all our (adult) lives. The divide had become more and more pronounced.
But what has been revealed at this point, is that they all ALL play on the same team. Now you may not believe me or understand but in order to try to make my point take the king of the all, RUSH LIMBAUGH. His name alone triggers the %6*( out of people. He's conservative, right?
What it he's not.. dead now, far as we know, but I mean what if he was NEVER conservative? What if his job was get on the radio for all those decades and talk a bunch of shit? Just, shit, shit, shit and more shit - this was his function, his orders, what he was put there to do?
If this is the case (I think it is), then no matter what side you're on, assuming you can open your mind and hold this concept in your head long enough to think about what this might mean, it's 'bout going to split your psyche in two. But this is the kind of thing people have to "wake up" to.
The point is to DECEIVE, to trick you and there isn't a single son of a bitch out there who isn't part of it.
Further, when one goes down, they install another and another and another and another and another and another.
In my comment I said whoever it was you linked (I can't remember because they are all the same to me), but the person identified as "right". I said, they're also a "talking head" and this is what I meant. They are puppets. They are controlled puppets who read scripts and that's all.
Matter of fact, the head itself may not even be real (mask or cgi), but if it is real, you can bet it is not what it says it is and I am talking all of them and all of it - the back stories are all bullshit too.
We have believed these heads and we has to snap out of it because they are leading us nowhere good.
Social media, fancy cable is all lost on me. I just stream movies & docs from the internet and get books from the library.
When you can't afford fancy TV you realize you don't miss it.
When I have insomnia I read (not watch) different world news sources. Print news is a bit more difficult to spin but it's easier to spot the shade.
I always feel pressured tho as an artist (the sewing/fashion part of it that I do), "But c'mon! You've GOT to market yourself! How will people know what your new styles are?" Nah. My brick & mortar workshop has enough foot traffic.
But, little do they know, back in '99 my ex (The Scorpio Pilot) gifted me my name as a dot com. That's right I own my first & last name dot com.
All my crazy fiber sculpture Arte Povera style is on that page. No blog, no comments, nothing about the artist, just my real Fine Art.
Please burn this message after reading or the troglodytes will drag you underground.