I am probably going veer off a little for now to get back to my original intent on this blog. The reason being that I will soon, as previously stated, hope to be deactivating from the Monster( read: Facebook) and moving into another platform ( maybe temporarily) and my upcoming experiences regarding that will be first and foremost on my brain. Unless I change my mind.. yeah that happens a lot…( lol).But that would only be because i have figured out a way around it.Very unlikely.
So let’s dive right in.
IF you have an account on Facebook ( or any other social media platform) you are required to first agree to the terms of service. This, my friends , is a contract. When you sign any contract, you have the option to read the fine print, research terms and definitions and spend time understanding what you are signing. But how many of us- back in the early days of even MySpace- did that? I am willing to bet less than 1%.
I know I certainly never did. Because “who” would have even imagined the evolution of a tiny little social platform into the mega machine it is today? I will answer that- Marketers. Advertisers. Businesses. The wealthy elite.The powerful. Or you can call it the ‘illuminati’ if you are so inclined.
Yup. From the onset.
Sure , we read about how one or two people came up with an idea, worked their magic and now are mega millionaires. But in reality, we forget the steps to such fame and fortune. We forget…(cough cough)…who had to finance it. Those wee little inventors generally do not start out with an endless supply of cash and a world wide network from which to pull support. In the beginning, their were investors. Investors mean banks, laws, and agendas. Damn- how did we not realize this?Or should i say- forget/block it out?
I can answer that too. Human nature. We want to believe in the innocence and harmless of society and the world despite our daily experience to the contrary. It gives us hope. It helps us survive harsh realities.
I have written many times before regarding my own frailties, flaws and behavior patterns. I have touched on it with addiction, relationships, finances, health issues, and all manner of lifestyle choices. We are our own complex machines.
The thing is, someone ( by that I mean an entire segment of the society) tapped into( all of that) it as a resource. It eventually came to fruition with the internet and then social platforms. Now-our very souls are bought, traded and sold by the minute. Our triggers, our weaknesses, our morals and ethics- sold for a pittance.
The last time I defected( from FB) was for a whole different set of reasons. I hated the ads. I hated watching political and privacy issues destroying relationships and families. I hated the addiction of it. I simply wanted to fix myself and my life and try to be a better being. I was naive. At that time, I had no clue how deep the rabbit hole actually was.
Now, i realize it is a serious moral and ethical issue. I no longer feel safe, or comfortable contributing to a growing dragon that has no empathy or compassion for human life but rather an insatiable appetite for power. It cares not for the millions of children being affected and infected daily resulting in a 100 fold increase in this generations mental and emotional disorders. It cares not for the billions of users who simply cannot resist its charms , sending even ADULTS into other addictions, and creating newer ,more complex disturbances. Checkout the additional items added to the DSM since the introduction of the internet. I know some of you work in the mental health field. It’s eye opening.
Yeah, this is heavy stuff. But wait-it’s about to get heavier. Stay tuned. Or Tune out….viewers choice.