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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. 

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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!

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@notmycircus

 

The nastiness shocked me.  People making an unkind comment on stuff I posted it and others liking their comment. I don't know what I did to make these people dislike me.  Ideally, nobody would take it personally but sometimes it's not easy.

And you are right about the algorithms too. 

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Posted by: @mariar

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.

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A fake profile? That would make a lot of sense actually.

This is really making me think! 

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@mariar yes, but that is one technique of many. "Likes" are an easy way to manipulate people.  There are constants provocations to study your reaction to a variety of stimulus.

SM is no different than any media, Hollywood or sports or print magazine or whatever. You are only allowed an audience if you submit to being controlled. No one can achieve his organically, no one is exempt from this and I mean no one as in NO ONE.

Nothing to do with politics, okay? NO ONE is exempt NOT ONE PERSON IN THE WORLD.

If I am right (and I am), you best believe they have your best interests are heart - I don't think so.

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So, what can we do? Do we just accept we are being manipulated? Or educate ourselves more?

I'm thankful to be free from SM - maybe the solution isn't to delete it but mentally I'm feeling better already.

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@mariar you have to break the spell. 

And yes. Educate yourself because they are going to work against that. They are very good at reassuring an idiot that they are in fact, brilliant... but also fat and ugly, so please buy these x,y and z products so you can continue to be better than others.

Does that not sound like a spell?

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Yes, it does sound like a spell.  I'm going to break it! 

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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.

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@sft888 welcome!  And succinctly put!

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@elsa THank you! I'm glad to have found a nice astrology communinty and glad to be aboard - it does help so much to have constructive feedback from other folks using the stars to navigate the seas of life with Smile

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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.

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@elsa I remember sharing something here Dr. Ben Carson shared--but it was from one of his first books. Not a TV show. But, you're right, he has now become yet another talking head. As for the nursing site, it is a legitimate site, as far as I can tell. I've been a member there for over 15 years. (With that being said, they have had a slew of people lately--some brand-new, some regulars who were lurking--start shitposting, or ad hominem attacks on the regulars. I suppose this is designed to trigger nursing professionals and try to lead them into a trap, make them look incompetent as a whole so no one trusts them or medical professionals anymore. I don't know why the moderators don't ban them. The way these posters act is infuriating to me. It happened here, too, not sure what drives these people.)

As far as Limbaugh--good point. Very good point. My family and I were dittoheads back in the day. But I stopped listening to him years ago, and when I've tried to listen to his show recently, it just sounded like propaganda! Mom had to stop listening to Neal Boortz, some years ago, when he mocked a woman on air who was wearing oxygen. He mocked her labored breathing! I've noticed this in other talk show hosts as well, including liberal and progressive hosts.

They are clearly pushing an agenda through their word choices and tone of voice.

They are baiting their audiences for ratings.

Do they really believe half the stuff that comes out of their mouths? I get the distinct feeling, with some of them, that it silently gives them GLEE to enrage their audience and pit them against their fellow Americans (and YES, we are all Americans and patri0ts, no matter who we voted for--I'd rather live at the bottom of a well than leave this country).

We've seen, as a nation, where that anger can take us. We've been conditioned to bully each other when we're not mindlessly consuming garbage we don't need. It is disgusting. 

 

 

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@notmycircus  what a great post. TY!

Just keep looking and you'll keep seeing.

PS regarding Limbaugh, they are trying to replace him with a black male conservative. I see them casting - there are a couple I know of in the running.

Popular accounts on youtube is the same. Fake people / stories / characters.

This is what I mean, I don't like getting my truth from liars. Anyone telling the truth is booted /buried and worse, much worse. 

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@elsa A black male conservative, huh? I know exactly why they're doing that--and yet they're always taking pot shots at "Woko Haram" (the name for the fake "wokes").

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@notmycircus I think the sides are the same. Pretty sure.

In other words, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Maher, Johnny Carson, Ellen... whoever. They have a job they're doing. Rush is a good example. Was he a conservative or did he just play one on the radio? I think it's the latter but I know this is hard to consider... we're so conditioned.

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Gandolini. He's an actor, not an actual mob boss. Same thing on the news. These public figures have a role and they play it.  This is one of the things that became apparent last year.

If you watch a drama or comedy series, the characters have their traits and certain reactions. It's the same on the news. Not similar - same.  If you're playing a liberal, you're a liberal. If you playing Sarah Palin who can see Alaska, then that's who you are playing. 

Ben Carson came out of nowhere with that prayer breakfast speech. Scripted!

I didn't know it then but I know it now.  He's a character in this drama, as are all of them.

You'll see this, eventually.  Most people will. These people who become super famous out of nowhere do not get their organically. They are put in these positions with a job to do.  Miley, Tucker, whoever.

These people are cast to do what they do.  You don't have to be a certain way or hold a certain belief. You only need to to pretend you are or you do.

This is one of the reasons people have so much trouble with me. I am real. I am not crafted to manipulate people. People are far more comfortable with lies and illusion.

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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.

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