Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Abyss of Social Media

"Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.” - Warren Ellis


By Lorie Shaull from St Paul, United States - A man stands on a burned out car on Thursday morning as fires burn behind him in the Lake St area of Minneapolis, Minnesota, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90742413
Social media has been heavily involved several popular uprisings in the 21st century. Back in the 90s, everyone thought that the internet would increase awareness and the world would become a more peaceful place. I think we can now see that the internet is more frequently used for the spread of misinformation and the provocation of anger (although I assume its main use is probably commerce). You can identify who is on social media the most by who is most angry. If you have no issues with your next-door neighbors then you should probably have no issues with people you see on the internet, but it's a chicken or egg question. Once the disagreement starts it's very difficult to stop it.

There are too many people saying that you should be angry. You can be aware and proactive without anger.

Social media is the abyss. Don't stare into it.

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