There is an art to commenting.
Social media enables us to talk about issues, shine a light on problems, and raise awareness of struggles that might have gone unnoticed. On the flipside, it also allows for a lot of noise and distractions. Sometimes it doesn’t create the best environment for a healthy discussion and can lead to trolling.Jagmeet Singh
This Shrek themed meme has all sorts of truth in it. Masks, schools, elections and Hamilton are the leading topics of conversation and news in many of our social feeds. I know many folks who have logged off because of the chaos and negativity. There is a balance somewhere between being informed and preserving sanity.
Everyone reading who reads blogs, Tweets, timeline posts, or watches vlogs and the like is actively involved in social media of some sort. There is a difference between opinion and fact, truth, and lies. Right now there is a bunch of gray between what is reality and fantasy. My friends having some certainty and stability in the chaos of this life we are all leading is so necessary right now.
My opinion of Donald Trump is that he is a vile, evil, son of a bitch who has no empathy or care for anyone other than himself. Others would differ.
With all that being said we live in a time when it has been documented that he and other politicians live somewhere between true and false statements.
In the pandemic age we live in we need facts and we are getting them from public health professionals who have studied and prepared for a time like this.
When it comes to democracy making it easier for people to vote and participate is necessary for any nation to choose the right people to lead and hopefully serve. To spread lies about mail-in voting does great harm.
My friends the regulation or deregulation depending on the circumstances of social media is a slippery slope. Especially when it’s coming from a person who uses the technology to bully, intimidate, lie, and to undermine our society. When you are supposed to be the leader of the free world words matter and his words seem to do great harm to many.
I am concerned because without checking the facts what can be said on Twitter might as well be the gospel truth in the mind of those who choose not to research further and to get more information. All of this is scary and everyone who is a content creator of some sort has to stand up and speak out. For many, their livelihoods are at stake.
My friends, be vigilant, and use the tools you have to make your voice heard and seen.
One month ago I went on a Facebook fast for personal reasons. It’s been a great experience where I have cleared my head and focused on other areas of expression like my blog. I remain connected on Twitter and Instagram. I don’t regret leaving one bit, but I know a return is in sight sometime in the future. So far so good though and I’ll go back when I am good and ready. Until then, steady on as they say.
It’s been two weeks since I said farewell to Facebook for an extended period of time. I don’t miss it at all. Granted I am still connected to Facebook Messenger for communications purposes. I even deleted the app from my Google Pixel 3a smartphone. Right now my facebook account remains deactivated and I don’t plan on reactivating it for quite some time. Right now it is all about this lovely blog, Twitter and Instagram. Yes there is life without “The Book”
I am taking yet another Facebook break. I have discovered its hard to be yourself there and control who sees what you want to keep private. Yes, I know my blog is open for all to see but the one thing about my blog is that I pay for domain registration and the premium package through WordPress.com. It is important that I have total control over what I say, my content and even who sees these words.
My connections on Twitter and Instagram will not change. You can connect with both through the widgets on the right. Connect with me if you wish there.
I have been posting stuff online for years. I have also been reading stuff online for the same amount of time. As a blogger, I strive to keep my posts about the reality of life and about the world I live in. Sometimes the reality of that world can be tough and sometimes toxic. We cannot deny we live in a place where there is lots of turmoil and that can color how we see things and express ourselves. Being positive in a negative place is very difficult but we have to figure out how to make that happen.
Today a blogging friend shared her concerns with how toxic Twitter can be and considering its the choice expression platform of people who can’t seem to censor themselves I can understand her concerns.
How do we return some light and levity to our conversations? I am trying to figure that out without sounding like a goody-two-shoes (which I am more times than not). All I can say is think twice, post once and make what you say matter. Be careful, the person you might hurt in a post might be yourself.