Why social media (today) is a dead-end
Why social media (today) is a dead-end
Over the years, Hoboken411 has published hundreds of posts regarding our disdain for “social media” as it stands today.
For the most part – it pertains to the “corrupted” major players such as Twitter and Facebook (along with Instagram). There are other chatting platforms out there that probably may or may not fall into the category we’re referring to today. (We happen to find Tik Tok an enigma – as while it contains a lot of entertaining (and ultimately “useless”) posts – it also contains a profoundly interesting number of truly helpful “FYP” posts… more on that in the future.)
The major social media companies are trying to control speech
See – what started out as “social networks,” you know, for “people to connect with each other,” has turned into what can be considered major media platforms. As people share stories about the (awfully dreaded) “news” that is out there.
And along with news comes opinion, as well as editorial viewpoints. Ideas. Theories. And all that jazz.
Some ideas that aren’t “officially sanctioned” by the thought-police, or tyrannical “state,” are now being censored off these networks. Users banned from participating.
While whatever group of people cheer the banning of ideas they don’t agree with – they’re also cheering their own future banishment. As one day – there’s a chance their own ideas will also get “memory-holed.”
It’s a slippery slope.
If you look at the 30,000-foot view – you’ll see it’s a problem that will only get worse. You cannot silence people unless you kill them.
The problem with “popular” social networks
20 years ago, none of the modern-day social networks really existed. You had “AOL,” as well as other places for people to gather (most often in “chat boards.”) And only between 30-40% of Americans even had “internet access,” (a good chunk signed up with those billions of CD-ROMS that flooded their mailboxes). And the weekly usage was minimal (at least compared to today – especially with 5G phones destroying people’s brains at “light speed.”)
It was a good time (information-wise). But an awkward time (technology-wise).
However, the information “out there” (from our recollection), was always sound. Even two decades ago, we remember search results to be natural. We almost always found what we were looking for.
Today, the top 10 pages of search results are there because people paid money to execute very sophisticated “SEO” (search engine optimization) tactics on their websites. This is why you see HUNDREDS of bullshit websites you never heard of before now clogging the top pages of results.
That, or bullshit “MSM” sites that the algorithm-writers allowed to penetrate top pages. It all depends on what you’re searching for of course.
But I digress – The internet was like the wild west, but with no worries of flying bullets.
Then social media came along. It was a bit slow to start – but for some odd reason, they hit many if not most of the proper “psychologically addictive” points – and people became hooked.
The top social media companies have billions of daily users now.
Why we feel social media is detrimental
It’s probably too complicated to fully explain here in a blog post, but we will layout a few major reasons why.
- The social media companies now have a majority of planet fucking Earth on their networks. What happens when you have such LITERAL power? You become able to influence the ignorant masses.
- They have hooked multiple generations of humans onto their platforms. “Something for everyone” is a great way to capture a large dataset.
- Platforms were designed with ample assistance from psychology experts. The human condition is nothing new. Addictions and other ways to influence or persuade just about anyone. Been around forever. Yet discovering this psychological manipulation oddly is something that doesn’t catch on as fast as “the new drug.” Such a pity our brains work that way.
- We can’t say for sure – but the “dumbing down” of a populous – and leading them like cattle into a digital surveillance zone certainly took generations. You can search online for a former foreign agent who spilled his beans about “subversion.” It’s a very plausible piece. However, we have our doubts regarding the true sources of any subversion to attack America and other “free” countries.
My point is – that humans were fine before social media.
Sure, there were “monopolies” then as well. Phone companies in particular. (What a damn racket “pay per minute” was back in the day!)
But SOCIALLY – people still socialized. They just didn’t do it in (trackable) digital nuggets. In fact, I think people were MUCH MORE social decades ago.
And on the flip side, they were also more PRODUCTIVE when they were NOT social – because they spent time DOING THINGS instead of “remotely” socializing ALL FUCKING DAY LONG!
How much information and contact do you need?
We spend exactly 10 minutes a day “socializing” online. And 99.9% is done via EMAIL. And we feel great about it.
These new technologies have changed humanity. Some benefits if you have to say it. But overall, a negative.
This social media is literally carving out a divide within US. Much more organized hate. Or powerful groups looking to influence public opinion. You can clearly see two strong sides to most opinions out there.
Yes, there are new social media networks (Gab, for instance) – but these new networks are usually leaning heavily to only one mindset. People cannot seem to agree to disagree anymore.
I don’t know for sure. But our gut tells us that excessive communication and ingestion of information that you don’t know for sure is real or fake – is probably not good. People need to spend more times with themselves alone – as well as physically (in person) with others. The digital medium is missing way too much.
Footnote: Remembering how it used to be
Most people under 30 will not understand truly what it was like before technology.
Sure, we had other propaganda outlets like TV, sports, radio, and movies. And the print medium; newspapers, comic books, and other ways to influence people.
But it didn’t consume us rapid-fire the way your phones do today.
We certainly did things without. Explored. Experimented. Tinkered. And certainly, read books much more too.
You did what you could with what you had. Regardless if you were rich or poor. We entertained ourselves. Adapted to your circumstances. Probably had greater imaginations as well.
While younger people mock older people because they “just don’t get” all this new technology and how great it is – something has to be said about truly experiencing what it was like without. That gives you a truly personal perspective.
We can talk about it all day – but without the experience, you’ll never know. And most likely will never appreciate either. It’s one of those things that absolutely requires that personal experience to appreciate.
Maybe one day.