I believe in the potential of Social Media. I embrace the idea of technology that allows me to encounter another in a place that I may never visit in person, and that allows exchanges of ideas, opinions, thoughts, and perceptions that serve to change the life of each involved for the better.
It is also a belief of mine that in order to realize the advancement, betterment, and fulfillment of humanity the introduction and enforcement of standards is required. Put another, I believe the success of Social Media can only come about through discrimination.
(At a time when the President of the United States of America, the leader of the free world, is verbally assailed, admonished, and attacked for his description of certain locales around the planet in pursuit of excellence, the use of “the d-word” on my part may constitute an act of self-abuse and suicide, professionally speaking, that is.)
As I write this the final bell for Facebook tolls around the world. Experts on the matter are opining emphatically that within five years Facebook will become a dusty footnote in the annuals of technology because the man-child who runs Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, chose to squander the opportunity afforded Facebook by not establishing and enforcing standards, by not discriminating against fraud and fakery; by not championing and showcasing the human race and what it has to offer through ability, skill, and talent, and choosing instead to allow the worst of humanity a place to breed, and giving shelter to deviancy and perversion.
(A friend of many years, a Writer with many credits, accolades, and awards to his credit, who writes fiction and non-fiction, who produces novels and screenplays alike, told me at the end of last year his New Year’s Resolution was to end his relationship with Facebook and to focus instead on his blog. His decision to do so came about after he realized that original content on his Facebook page was not generating any responses and that he had blocked more than 100,000 accounts on Facebook, many of which consisted of the mantra of mediocrity: Add me, Like Me, Follow Me, and the undeniably pornographic “F*** Me”.
He told me recently, that just two weeks into this New Year he is more focused, he sleeps better, and he enjoys Life now that Fakebook – as many accurately call it – is no longer a part of his life, because its corruption and immorality are no longer a distraction.
Having abandoned my Facebook account several years ago I welcomed him without prejudice because everyone has at least one moment of Stupid in their life that they should wear as a badge of honor and not carry it as a burden of shame.)
I believe in Social Media and believe that in order for it to realize its potential discrimination is an absolute. Because I believe this last year I abandoned my Twitter account, which has succumbed to partisan politics. I suspect, like my Facebook account, my shuffling into the shadows will go unnoticed by “Friends” and ‘followers’ on Twitter because the reality of Twitter, like Facebook, is based in narcissism and my exit will not merit consideration.
This year I will focus my effort where Social Media is concerned on blogging.
There are several reasons for this.
One is the audience: When I used Facebook I concluded that manners and good graces were a rarity, and originality – as noted – was not rewarded accordingly. Blogging, which allows long-form expression through the written word, does encourage ability, skill, and talent. The same can and should be said of visual media. As some know I have other blogs, and one of them features my photographs. The number of responses that blog has generated to date rival the traffic of this blog. Then there is the potential for learning through blogging. As some know I have another blog that focuses on the Lakhota Nation. Like this blog it has a substantial following and a large number of responses on a regular basis. And then there is the blog that focuses on media in general and making the most of it. Once more, it has a growing base of readers and generates its share of responses.
A second reason for blogging over Twitter and Facebook and Disqus and the likes is because blogging requires a commitment to going beyond the superficial.
A third reason for blogging is that the nature of it defies the vanity of Disqus, Facebook, and Twitter. The blog demonstrates a seriousness not found on these other Social Media platforms. Want to be taken seriously as a Writer? Then write, on a Social Media platform that allows for it, at length.