Social Media and Relationships: Is it worth it?

Social Media and Relationships: Is it worth it?

The stories we hear our parents or grandparents tell of romantic meetings and love stories are not something common within our time. Of course, in their time there was also heartbreak, cheating and bad endings too; but it didn’t have the power of social media behind it. Dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, Bumble and Ashley Madison (to name a few) are all perfect examples of how social interaction online, is teaching our society that sex, love and personal interaction is disposable. They create the notion that within five minutes there is access to twenty more women/men who are DTF (Down to F*ck for anyone who wasn’t sure) or looking for a “relationship”.

Does online dating/social media effect everyone?

My opinion, no it doesn’t happen to be a part of everyones dating stigma. Why? Well not everyone enjoys continually having someone speak to them for 2 weeks, go on a few dates-and then vanish into oblivion with no explanation or inclination; also known as “ghosting”. As a 25 year old who does tend to use social media a lot, I have dabbled in the online dating; as I’m also from a small town, making it difficult to meet people you didn’t go to high school with! My overall experience has been mostly sh*t ,for a lack of a better word. Married men, creepy men, those who have no understanding of social cues and I could truly go on but I won’t.But there has also been people I never would have entertained if it wasn’t for social media.

Though it effects me or did, it surely isn’t an issue for every woman/man; because some people still do prefer the old fashioned way of meeting someone organically. I always enjoy meeting these people because as much as I’d like to be one of them, I do not have the patience to sit at a bar and hope someone comes up to me… or go to a church bbq and be the girl in the cute dress he can’t take his eyes off of. I’m busy, and currently dating is at a back-burner stage in my life, as well as being ghosted… who even decided to come up with a term for that?! I’m curious to know how other students feel on online relationships/dating sites, because it can be a true mess of emotions and time wasting crap-but I’m sure also good things have come from it too.

Who is to blame?

Do we blame the creators of these apps? Ourselves? Our society? Without true investigation and knowledge it’s hard to know who started the overwhelming addiction of online dating. Evolving from an online chat group into swiping right to tell someone you’re interested-based on a pun filled quote and a picture of him with his dog?! What… happened to us. I blame the creators partly for playing science lab on our human psyche- but also us for allowing ourselves to let a guy who quotes “#wastehertime/girls quoting #wastehistime… get us so interested. I’m not saying we knew this would happen or that we consciously make these decisions to swipe right; but at some point we are humans and we can make the choice to turn the tables. Check out this piece relating to the controversy over who is to blame-https://theconversation.com/dont-blame-dating-apps-for-your-terrible-love-life-132935, they discuss not blaming the apps but more so changing the way we socialize; and learning to adapt to that.

So the be all, end all question… Is it worth it? To me, yes and no…I have met a lot of people I probably never would have met otherwise in my life. Though they may not have become boyfriends or the “one”, they still hold a special spot in my mind and heart. The only negative aspect I really could do without is people using these dating resources as a sex tool. We’re all human, we all need it or want it; but also being able to have a normal day to day conversation would also be satisfactory. Unsolicited nudes can take a backseat please!

Below, I linked a video from Joe Santagato a YouTube all star- regarding online dating profiles, that really made me laugh(warning there is some explicit language!). In the comments share YOUR online dating stories, or experiences with us!

“Warning: Some explicit language!”

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Shield and Zoom- Ritual in a pandemic

The weekend of June 13th was the third annual Shield and Bow festival. Or at least it would have been if there were not a global pandemic.

Shield and Bow is a weekend for persons who identify with womanhood. It uses the weekend explore feminine themes based in spirituality as well as practicality, blending ritual and ceremony with a laid-back weekend to relax.

Normally this event takes place on the 100 acre pagan-owned and operated Raven’s Knoll Campground. However due to the global pandemic and life-as-we-know-it on pause, the Shield and Bow Festival, has had to pivot, like many events. The organizers had to make a decision; cancel or bring the festival online.

Founder and lead-organizer Allison McCuaig (and close friend of mine) choose not to cancel and instead bring the programming online. After many months of planning, spreadsheets and creating documents. Shield and Bow was able to take place via Facebook groups and a professional Zoom account.

Shield and Bow is a weekend for us as people 16+ who identify with womanhood. It is a celebration of our chosen identity, driven by commitment to community and offered by the Sisters for their sisters! We hope you can join us online June 12th, 13th and 14th 2020. 

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Hand written letters mailed to each participant created a level of connection Source

Upon registering for the event each attendee was mailed out a personal card with a strip of fabric for their entry bracelets, and a tarot card. This is a Shield and Bow tradition known as your “homework”. Not only did you have to research the cards meaning, but also what your personal/inner work would be for the year.

Programming started on Friday evening, with attendees tuning in to the password protected room to join a welcoming ritual. The ritual included grounding and centering (a common practice in various pagan paths to prepare yourself for ritual space) and each participant shared a little bit about themselves as well as lighting a candle, another level of connection. Albeit through a screen you knew each woman had a candle lit in her home.

As a pre-cursor to the festival each woman was able to send photos to the “Shield Wall” posted to Facebook and Instagram. Women discussed what it being a warrior meant to them, be it in motherhood or in a gentler way.

My contribution to the photo shield wall Source

Saturday and Sunday were filled with workshops spaced out every few hours including topics like:

  • Fight Like a Girl – a self defense course
  • Death and Taxes – how to guide on taxes and creating a will
  • Self- Blessing Ritual
  • Ancestor Rattle making
  • Bardic- women shared songs, stories, jokes and poetry

Saturday evening held the feast. Usually when we are in the woods of the Knoll we come together and share dishes, decorate the halls and all sit at the same table. This virtual event invited us to bring our plates and tune into Zoom to chat and connect. During the feast Goddesses and feminine concepts are honored. Women spoke on the divine feminine, honored missing and murdered Indigenous women, and discussed goddess such as Artemis and Bridget.

While this event really differed from the norm of being out in the woods, connecting with your sisters, enjoying a feast together and dancing and laughing around a fire, there was a chance here for a genuine connection and a sharing of space. Although there were challenges, being so far apart from one another and being behind a screen. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to come together in this virtual way. It was clear that this was desperatley needed by many.

It poses the question of how will we adapt our spiritual practice? How will we come together and create shared experiences in this uncertain time? Although it’s not perfect I really believe these stolen moments; the late night zoom chats, sharing of photos and vulnerability on social media, of lighting a candle in the dark together at home, are going to sustain us and keep us through to the other side of this crisis.

Until this crisis is over, all we can do is adapt, light that candle and pray.

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Ritual through Zoom- A new way?

Shield and Zoom – a festival online

Wormhole happen to you?

Wormhole happen to you?

Image By Matthew Lightstorm

An interesting concept comes to mind when I think of social media and physics. Einstein theorized that wormholes are two points in time that can either shorten travel or expand travel. The two points can be as close as a few meters or as distant as light years away. While the theory is normally reserved to space travel, in travelling through two points of time; I believe I experienced a wormhole in real life—many times.

I think many others may have experienced the same phenomena that I’ve experienced. I never thought to talk about it, because it’s one of those things that you realize is happening unobtrusively and is not easy to explain.

The first time I experienced this phenomenon was when I was 21 years old. I was driving up north from Toronto to Sauble beach. Normally, the trip would take no less than 2.5 hours. I’m not sure what it was about the drive that day, I just remember it was May and it was about an hour before sunset. The interior of the modest car I was driving was shaped like the inside of a spaceship cockpit, but in no way did this have any relevance to the wormhole theory. The CD player was set to autoplay. The album was a compilation of the best classical music, including Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Beethoven— to name a few. As I began my journey, I got comfortable, set the cruise control and let the calm music play in the background as I enjoyed driving through the country roads. The CD might have played 4 times over. I am not sure how many times it must have played over. Surely, when I arrived, the time shown on my clock was right where it should have been; about 2.5 hours later. There was something mysterious that happened and I knew without any doubt that those 2.5 hours of time travel did not equate to 2.5 hours. That time and space I travelled through were definitely shortened, but not in a way that was measurable. I felt the time that transpired was in fact closer to 1 hour.

So why did the duration of my time spent in the car feel like 1 hour? What made my perception of time feel shorter? While it sounds utterly absurd to think that this is in anyway related to space travel, there are a few merits to this theory. In a metaphorical sense, can we not say that we travel though time when we get from point A to point B in a short amount of time? Why do 10 minutes in an unpleasant situation seem like an eternity, while 2 hours spent with your best friend might seem like only a few minutes at the moment you have to say goodbye?

Is the mind really aware of what a length of time feels like? What is the feeling of time? Can you touch time? Can you feel time? Can you create time? Can you see time? Can you hear time? Can you interact with time? The answer is no. We accept that time exists because of the constructs of physical space. So our physical space tells us that time is ticking. The sun is setting, so time must be passing by. But if we separate our awareness of our physical space from our awareness of our subconscious mind; we begin to experience time in an entirely different way. The mind’s perception of time is entirely changed when we stop counting and begin engaging with things not from this world.

The wormhole is a metaphor for expansion and contraction of the subconscious mind. When engaged on social media we can sometimes spend 4 hours on something and never realize the amount of time that has passed. Does the subconscious mind not make us aware that time is ticking? Yet when exposed to troubling news on social media, that shakes our very core, we are suddenly aware of every minute detail of that short videoclip. While we watch that short social video clip, all of our collected fears, emotions, beliefs and ideologies flash before our mind’s eye; playing an even shorter internal video relative to the short video clip of awful news. If our internal mind’s eye video could be extracted, what would it unpack for us? Perhaps, we would find a tightly packed suitcase of every subconscious second in our lives.

I am not a psychologist, but my sheer arrogance precedes me. Perhaps our natural defence mechanism warns us that what we are watching is so disturbing, that our subconscious mind expands time to compress all of these thoughts into a short clip. Maybe it does so in order to take immediate action or as in the case with social media; we switch the channel or face more anguish. Conversely, when there are good vibes coming towards us, we engage in a positive way and our mind allows us to flow that information for hours on end, without any special subconscious short clip warnings. I am sure if I was a psychologist I would have used the terms flight or fight response and stress to explain this process. But I am a strong believer that the best new breakthroughs come from those that have no prior exposure to the field. So, coming to terms with what is really happening to us when we enter these wormholes, is understanding that we are being worm-holed while using social media.

When the feedback is positive; we enter a positive feedback loop, we begin to engage even more and feel pleasure while doing it repeatedly. On the other hand if the feedback is negative, we begin to feel badly and seek ways to stop the ill feeling. While Freud might be rolling in his grave reading my nonsense, I still stand to gain from leaning on my wormhole psychology theory. I say that because many of the privileged psychology theorists of old, had wild preposterous theories; yet we still in many ways today, have the same prevailing structures in place, allowing for the same lunacy to prevail. Moreover, if good theories are worth exploring then why are they not in the mainstream education? I am not attacking the educational process, but I am questioning why social media is not a greater part of the education process. The power of millions to think about a better model, might offer a better treatment than a handful of intellectuals. Not to mention the industry motivated funding to institutions, which often exclude intelligent non-monetizable solutions.

Social media has the power to change the way we view psychology, in that we may develop a non-traditional branch of psychology like alternative-psychology. The alternative psychology might seek to resolve issues without the use of medicine and cognitive therapies; but rather by looking at our perceptions and feelings in an entirely different way. The wormhole might explain two thirds of the psychological conditions caused by exposure to media. Next time you are on social media, ask yourself if your wormhole is contracting or expanding? If it is contracting, you are gaining perceived time; your subconscious mind is allowing those 4 hours on your favourite topic to seem like 10 minutes. The mind is telling you to go ahead without any warning, to proceed with confidence, and enjoy. If the wormhole is otherwise expanding, then time is feeling longer than it is and suddenly the trauma sets in. The mind is telling you to stop, do not go any further, and a flash of all your deep relevant subconscious thoughts ensues. Perhaps, one day, psychology problems can be solved by people understanding how the mind works, from non-traditional perspectives. Perhaps, millions of us contributing our human capital potential together, will prove to be the largest experiment to replace previously indoctrinated solutions.

Would you ever watch a film or read a book adaptation of this wormhole story or idea? Perhaps an elaborated story of the wormhole thought expansion and contraction theory related to mind control; or even, a global awareness of the wormhole thinking phenomena, and how it shares a symbiotic relationship with social media?

Have you ever experienced a feeling of a wormhole, and if so, what happened?

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The Past, Present and Future of the Net (Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0)

Two of the major things in things in this course that I have gotten very excited about learning have been the development of better and better networks as I talked about in the last blog post, but here is the other one; development of the web itself. In today’s final blog post for COM0011 – Introduction to Social Media, I would like to talk a little bit about the evolution of the web itself, through the phases of Web 1.0, 2.0 and the future of Web 3.0. Huge shoutout to this article from GeeksforGeeks.org which will be also added to the bibliography of this post where you can get more information on this topic.

Web 1.0

These are the earliest days of the internet. From basically 1994 when the internet was first launched, until around 2004 when social media sites started popping up, these were the types of sites that you dealt with. The main things to take away from the early days of the internet is the fact that most of the pages were pretty static (not changing), there were no pop-ups or ads of any kind because in a lot of places advertising on sites in the 1990s was illegal, and there were not a lot of people creating anything online, mostly just people consuming the content from the internet, looking things up, reading them, and then moving on.

Web 2.0

This is our current age, as of 2004 we have been living in the evolving Web 2.0 world where there are not only far more sites, but far more sites that focus on user-generated content. It is what is known as the “participative web”, the one where sites like YouTube (seen in image below), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and many more thrive. The Web 2.0 era is also one about having the ability to access as much of the same content no matter where you are looking at it and consuming it. On your desktop at home? No problem, Laptop in a café? No issues at all! On your phone in the bathroom? It is still there and still available for you to access in some way.

I do understand that there are some applications like TikTok that may be mobile only, but the main point is that even with that, tablet or smartphone, it is still accessible to the same degree, whereas Web 1.0 sites would have had to be built for mobile which many were not.

Web 3.0

The future! Web 3.0 will revolutionize the way that we use the internet. Right now, we want to find something on the web we will get to Google (or if your mad Bing) and search for it as standard and it will draw up a list of the most visited sites that respond to the query in question. Web 3.0 plans to use what is called the “Semantic Web” and make Googling things a thing of the past by turning the ENTIRE WEB into an infinite database and we will be able to search for what is necessary and what we want to find, without the need for search engines or SEO for our sites. User behavior will be monitored by AI online to guide us to the places we tend to visit and bring us safely to the new places online when searching for something. It is still in the works, but it is rather interesting to think about the future of the web! Let me know in the comments section what you think about the move from the past to now, and do you remember the 90s internet? How does that shape up versus now? Let me know! I have always wondered what came next after the internet…maybe this is what actually happens…it evolves!

Thanks for the read!

Social Media Posts

Facebook: The Past, Present and Future of the Net (Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) Check out this blog post on my WordPress site where I discuss how the interfaces online have changed, super fascinating to think how far we have come since the beginning days of the internet! (https://bit.ly/3fA0WX9)

Twitter: The Past, Present and Future of the Net! From Web 1.0 all the way to the future in Web 3.0, the internet has changed a lot since the earliest of days! Check out my #WordPress post about this on my blog! (https://bit.ly/3fA0WX9)

References

Sharma, M. (2018, September 24). Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 with their difference. Retrieved June 19, 2020, from https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/web-1-0-web-2-0-and-web-3-0-with-their-difference/

The Evolution of Mobile Networks – a Discussion

Think back to the first phone that you had…was it a flip phone? Blackberry with a sliding keyboard or maybe you were lucky and your first one had a nice touch screen on it? I just want to take a minute to discuss many of the changes to the smart communication channels that I have noticed over the years. From the 2G networks of the 90s all the way to the 5G networks of the 2020s and beyond (including some of the things that I have heard about 6G which should be arriving c. 2030). This Wikipedia Article talks about the different currently existing mobile phone generations and gives a good recap of everything I am going to talk about, and this video from Brightside on YouTube gives great predictions for the future with 6G.

Early Networks

Starting all the way back in the 1980s 1G cellular networks were used as ways of finally allowing phones to travel. Prior to that there was not such thing as cellphones. This gave birth to the age that exists now. Its signals were analog versus the ones from 2G networks that came about in the early 1990s. Texting also starting to come into play with later 2G networks as flip phones and early full keyboard phones began to emerge within the decade and texting originally consisted of what was called T9 (Texting on 9 Keys) which is the kind of thing done with flip phones (we all have probably experienced that…), until the full keyboard phones changed that. There were extraordinarily little in the way of applications with phones really only serving base functionality.

Middle Networks

3G came into being in 1998 as the world of texting began to explode. This was the first network that also allowed for internet connection and kilobyte download speeds as the internet was now available on many devices. This is the age of the Pom Pilot (and also the age where we would be scared to accidentally hit the browser button on our flip phones out of fear for the massive data costs) where touch screens were beginning to come more and more into style and physical keyboards were having their heyday. 4G then arrived in 2008 and it completely changed the game.

The 4th Generation of mobile networks now allowed for megabyte download speeds, and with those larger data caps from cell providers and of course now the sending of picture and video messages was taking off. During this era too there was a growth in usage of social media on phones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and so many more also emerged on the mobile scene during this generation. In 2013 4G-LTE was introduced and with it even faster download speeds (10s of megabytes per second) and with that there would come and increase in the usage of streaming services and video viewing through mobile devices. Even though 4G is the most recently completed generation of technology, most of the products that we are still using in mid-2020 have only a 4G modem in them, and that is what brings us to the current generation of technology and the future!

Current Network and Future Network Predictions

5G, which emerged in late 2018 and is set for mass worldwide adoption by 2021 is the current generation of technology. The big thing with 5G is now that streaming has taken off and how smartphones have now become the norm, networks are going to be needed with faster speeds in order to keep up with all of the downloading and uploading that will be done with them. 5G allows now for us to use Gigabyte download speeds, which are 1000x faster than the previous 4G megabyte networks. Buffering and video loading will be a thing of the past, as average download speeds in 2010 were only around 2-5mb/second and now they will be around 2-5gb/second when on wireless connection. 5G is coming, (and no it is not a cause of the Coronavirus) and it will be an exciting world to be in when all of our devices will have the ability to properly connect to the network and get its full potential (as I predict around 2023-2025).

Looking towards the future, the video linked here (as it was also above), is a video from the YouTube channel called Brightspace, posted in February 2020, where they are talking about what the future 6G network (set for a 2030 release) will probably look like, and what cellphones of the NEXT decade will look like. Terabyte download speeds of 2-5tb/second on wireless (equal to downloading 250, 2 hour long 4k movies in 2 seconds) will theoretically be possible (since it is was the natural progression of things will be looking like), and that is some amazing stuff. Go and check it out!

Thank you for the read, and if I can leave you thinking just a little bit more about how far we have come, let me know in the comments of this post, what was your first cellphone and what is your current one? How has your usage of the cellphone you have now changed over the years as you went from a cell to a smartphone and finally how excited are you for what the future is bringing? I am super excited! Check out the video I linked, it will really get you thinking!

Social Media Posts

Facebook: The Evolution of Mobile Networks is quite an interesting and thought provoking topic. I know that it is something that I think about quite a lot, check out my blog post linked below that covers everything from the 1G networks of the 1980s all the way to the 6G network of the 2030s! https://bit.ly/2N0aize

Twitter: The Evolution of Mobile Networks, check out my #Wordpress blog post that discusses the change in mobile networks from the 1G networks of the 1980s all the way to the networks of today and beyond! https://bit.ly/2N0aize

Resources:

Here’s your Smartphone in 2030 [Video file]. (2020, February 27). Retrieved June 14, 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N8D_B8TsJA

List of mobile phone generations. (2020, May 27). Retrieved June 15, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_phone_generations

Social Media is Weaponized

Social Media is Weaponized

Social media is weaponized for some entities, and linguistic manipulation is at the heart of the weapon. You may wonder how this is possible. It appears that humans are easily fooled by how they interpret communication. Communication experts are keen on the many linguistic techniques and methods applied to manipulate the masses.

Should we trust that our most protected organizations, corporations, and institutions, have our best interests at heart?

Perhaps, these entities are the ones that should be held to the highest level of linguistic scrutiny. It almost appears that we are in the rock ages of this process; with no regulation in sight on what words actually mean when delivered to the masses.

Orwell wrote that political language, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Linguistic Manipulation:

The art of linguistic manipulation today, has since been mastered far beyond the imagination of George Orwell’s 1984.

In the book the Juggler of Notre Dame, the clergy man asks his bishop, “May I smoke while praying?” In response, he receives a definitive no. Later, another clergyman asks the bishop, “May I pray while I smoke, and the bishop replies, “it is fine to pray at anytime.”

Positioning of words changes meaning and effect by emphasizing an act or a subject. The subject of an act can be easily switched to the act of a subject. These statements are related to the same thing but they both have different meanings. The facts can remain the same but the disposition of the words can subtly sway your perception of what is actually happening.

How does Social Media Affect Human Life?

One of the most important subjects known to humans, is human life. Who might have thought that human life can be such an important subject? It is certainly written in Section 7 of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in plain english, “Everyone has the right to life.”

Jacques Ellul writes that “public opinion can only express itself through channels which are provided by the mass media of communication – without which there could be no propaganda.” When we consider that social media has millions of channels of influence, it is easy to see that public opinions can vary. 

With human life being at the top of the list of priorities in our Canadian Charter, one has to wonder why cleaning the earth of toxic chemicals and homelessness is not trending everyday on the top 10 list!

So, we need to ask ourselves, if we are not hearing about the things that really matter, then what are we hearing about on a daily basis, which forms the consensus of public opinion? The answer is likely manipulation. We are being told what is important to human life and not what in reality is capital to human life. 

It is important to recognize techniques used to subject you to the daily propaganda warfare. The last thing you want, is to realize that you have been slowly subliminally programmed to agree with everything that is disguised as public opinion. 

Five Social Media Manipulation Techniques

The following are just a few of many manipulation techniques used on social media:

  1. Astroturfing: Imitation grassroots movements used to sway the public.
  2. Clickbait: Sensationalized headlines appealing to existing biases.
  3. Propaganda Laundering: Focusing on the release of media reports rather than the actual story.
  4. Distraction by Major Events: Using major events to distract public from priority issues.
  5. Straw Man Fallacy: Making a statement appear false by referencing a similar but weaker example.

The Race against the Social Media Manipulation Bomb

Social media companies like Twitter have recently taken big steps to counter propaganda meant to manipulate public opinion. A recent headline, on THE HILL, read, Twitter deletes over 170,000 accounts tied to Chinese propaganda efforts.” This along with many other propaganda takedowns and newly introduced tools, are making Twitter a formidable social media company to help form truthful public opinion. We will need more time to see just how Twitter and other social media companies will be able to democratize public opinion and help save human life on earth.

Future Outlook

A recent article on Mashable, reported that Twitter was exploring crowdsourced fact checking as a way to address misinformation, which would rely on community moderators to make determinations on posted content. This would sound like a great solution, with the exception that the public would need transparency on the political inclinations of the assigned moderators. The stakes are very high for those that stand to lose against politically stacked moderators. The further we consider the implications of moderators for Twitter content, the more we realize that the social media company is taking the shape of an elected government; where we may need to elect local moderators to address the interests of the Twitter community. We must also consider how public opinion might take shape without the lens of the propaganda cultivators. We may find that people are more likely to assemble themselves quite differently if they could have fair and democratic access to public opinion. While the world contends with the real threat of a weaponized social media landscape; we are running out of time to save human life on our planet earth. Are you ready to join the good fight?

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Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_and_the_English_Language

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

https://bit.ly/37Farlf (Juggler of Notre Dame)

https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/page-15.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Ellul

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_opinion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_media

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_manipulation

https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/502371-twitter-deletes-over-170000-accounts-tied-to-chinese-propaganda-efforts

https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/information-operations-june-2020.html

https://mashable.com/article/twitter-community-fact-checking-tool/

Why Twitter is Social Media King in 2020 – Opinion

140 characters, then eventually becoming 280 characters. That is all that Twitter allocated for us to be able to say what we want to say. Though over the 14 years since Twitter launched in 2006 it has changed quite a bit, the fundamentals remain the same; quick snippets of news, sports, politics or insights into people’s lives. Twitter is not really for those who are too young to appreciate it I feel. I tried several times as a teenager to sign up for and appreciate Twitter, but I just could not since it is not “fun” or bright and full of games and whatnot like Facebook was for me back in the day. Here is the thing though, times have now changed, I have now grown up and as I said I my last post on the COM0011 blog, I got off Facebook in 2019 and with that I have a renewed interest in Twitter. I got myself back on the platform in 2019, and it is now my main usage platform. With my account having about 180 followers and over 8200 tweets since I started it up in March of 2019, I can safely say that I get quite a lot of daily usage out of it. The main thing that I want to outline in this post is just what it is about Twitter that makes it the best platform for anyone to be using in 2020 (in my opinion)!

Twitter Threads – This is certainly something you do not see or need on Facebook or other similar platforms that do not limit the number of characters that you can post about. Sure, every site during the current Web 2.0 era has some sort of comment section, but Twitter threads are far more interactive. Due to the limited number of characters (280) sometimes in order to finish off a full post we need to post 2 or more tweets attached to a specific one using the little plus button on the bottom right when making a thread. These are far more interactive because you can respond to each message, not just the whole thing. Ever read a long post and kind of lose the meaning of it because it was very much a TL; DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) level post? Well with Tweet threads the worry of that happening is very minimal. Everything is broken up into more digestible chunks. Love it!

Simplistic Trending – Facebook removed their “Trending News” back in 2016 because too many users were complaining that the news that was being shown was from too many “Liberal” news sources. That was to me one of the beginnings of the current downfall of Facebook (that and the things mentioned in the previous post). Twitter on the other hand does not care about people who dislike certain news sources. If it is trending as a major story or even because many of the people either that I follow or that are in my near by area are tweeting about this thing, it will be on the trending page. The Twitter trends page is also quite simple. 20 of the top trending tags or news stories all arranged in a list with some of them having articles attached to the trending so that that can be the first thing clicked or tapped on so we can be caught up as to what is going on.

Hootsuite – Many sites do not have 3rd party addons to help with their experiences when it comes to the user interface. I have to say that where Facebook kind of falters with not having too many of these, Twitter has quite a few, but my favourite (and yes technically Facebook can be used through this as well, it was built with Twitter in mind) is Hootsuite! This app can allow for users to see all of their tweets in a curated feed, but also allow you to schedule posts to be posted later. Think of a great article to post about for tomorrow, but worry that you may forget? Never fear, just Hootsuite it! You can set the date and time and just like that Hootsuite will post it for you at exactly that time. Super convenient!

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Twitter may not be fun or flashy, and certainly not something that I recommend that younger people use, but it is certainly the king of my online usage since it is just so simple to use and simplistic to maintain. It also does not ask for tons of intrusive details when creating your profile. So, there is also no worry about revealing too much information about yourself to the public!

Thank you for reading and see you all in the next post!

Resources:

Hootsuite Inc. (2020). Social Media Marketing & Management Dashboard. Retrieved June 04, 2020, from https://hootsuite.com/

Promotionals (Facebook and Twitter)

Facebook: Why Twitter is King of Social Media in 2020 – Opinion. Come and read about why it is that I use Twitter the most as we are beginning this new decade! (Link would be inserted)

Twitter: Why Twitter is King of Social Media in 2020 – Opinion (Link from Bt.ly) What is it about Twitter that just makes it THE BEST SOCIAL (in my opinion) in 2020?!

Why I left Facebook – A Deep dive

2009-2019 – That is the timeline for my time on Facebook. Facebook was originally seen as the best way to keep in touch with people all over the place. I had people from the 3 different Elementary Schools I had gone to, people from the cadet program who were all over the country, and then eventually people from the 3 High Schools that I ended up going to, and College. Facebook for me for quite a while was the hub, the place to be on, the place to join groups, meet like-minded people and the place that also verified if your relationship status was “Facebook Official” which I bought into as a teen and young adult as something that validated me. I genuinely thought that having all of those “friends” meant something real, but the truth is that come near the end, around 2018-2019, Facebook started making me stressed out more than anything.

In 2015 Facebook added an “On This Day” feature and though for me it started off rather well, that feature was the one thing that really started to take me out of the platform. Reminding me of things that I really did not want to be reminded of; past friendships that were no more, former relationships and other pictures that I will admit (because I am weird) that I did not want deleted, but that I just did not want shoved in my face. I would have been okay being reminded of these things on my own terms, when I wanted to look at them, but not from Facebook shoving them in my face every, single day. I know that it may sound silly, but that, coupled with the fact that Facebook made it really easy for people I did not want in my life to contact and find me (even when blocked) just made me feel vulnerable on the platform. Bad experiences from people who were nothing but toxic, overloading myself with fake friends in order to gain an inflated sense of self worth and Facebook contributed to all of this.

I have to say, even with all of the people posting all over my timeline, I never felt more alone than I did in the final days of me using that platform.

I left Facebook because I wanted to leave all of the crap behind. I left Facebook because I want to leave all of the fakeness behind. Facebook also sold out data to Cambridge Analytica in 2016 for the sake of the 2016 Presidential Election, which I know doesn’t effect us but still, which tells me that if a company as gross and underhanded as Facebook would go and do that without telling us, change their platform to make it more “conservative friendly” when they got rid of the trending news (because people complained it was always too leftist), and they were trending away from really wanting to sell to desktop users (I just liked the games better on desktop), the platform was not going to be for me anymore. It has more than outlived its usefulness and I know one of the few things that was keeping me to the platform that I had been on since I was 13 was mainly the fact that I had a 6 year old account (I had about 7 accounts during the time that I was on the platform) and that I had a few people that I could only contact on that platform.

What allowed me to rid myself of the demon that was Facebook was realizing that there are enough people running in the circles who have my number and if they wanted to talk to me they could message me or call me and with that I deleted the platform.

It has now been almost a year, 2019 was a huge rebrand for me on Social Media platforms. I deleted my 6-year-old Facebook page, deleted my 5-year-old Instagram page with over 2700+ photos, made a new Snapchat and YouTube Channel along with a brand-new Twitch account and Twitter. All of which is going really strong now and I feel a lot more connected to.

Facebook is fake, at least the rest of it has more integrity to not lie to my face.

Thank you all for reading, I also have an essay that I wrote on why I left Facebook from back in 2019 on my website. Check the hyperlink to go a little more in depth on this topic!

Social Media Posts:

Twitter: A Blog post about why I left Facebook is much detail! Check it out on #Wordpress at the link below! (Link would then be inserted here)

Facebook: A Blog post I made talking about why I left Facebook. Come on over and check it out on WordPress at the link below! (Link would then be inserted here)

Resources:

Levis, M. (2019, September 04). Philosophy #1 – A Meditation on Facebook. Retrieved May 23, 2020, from https://marcusphilosophy.ca/2019/09/03/philosophy-1-a-meditation-on-facebook/

Everyone is an Expert.

It used to be that you had to go through years of schooling, and then just as many years of experience, to be considered an expert on a subject. Or, you had to find a professional, make an appointment, take the time to go in to meet them, and have a discussion to obtain their expert opinion and advice on the matter at hand. Today, you simply have to grab your laptop, tablet or smart phone and jump online to find a slew of self-professed experts ready and willing to provide their opinion (and usually for free!). While the rise of social media has provided us with an endless ability to share and discuss with millions of strangers online, it has also opened the flood gates to a wave of individuals who claim expertise where none exists.

Everyone has an opinion, and they want it to be yours too.

From health to wealth, fitness and relationships, legal and moral, there is a plethora of advice available on the World Wide Web telling exactly what you need to be doing to be living your best life. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and are just a few of the platforms available for any Joe (or Jane) Blow to disperse their recommendations.

And that’s not to say that only those doling out the advice are to blame. Sites such as Reddit’s Amitheasshole page allows people to ASK the friendly strangers of the internet to pass judgment on them! The issues that come up are often more entertaining than anything, but every now and again a question will be put forward that clearly required the help or guidance of an actual professional. Antivaxer groups exist to warn of the supposed dangers of vaccinations, a cite information that is without fact or support. Becoming rich is now easier than ever, with someone who claims to have done it, willing to part with their knowledge for a fee. Or, people who know what investment strategy you should be using, even though they know nothing of your goals. And don’t even get me started on fitness. 

How do we filter the good from the bad and should we?

Sometimes people are simply out there looking for an opinion that confirms their own, other times they are in genuine search of help. People have a personal responsibility to seek out information from an appropriate source, but there should also be a responsibility to refrain from preaching a sermon they might not actually know. So what do you think, is this increased accessibility to advice and opinions beneficial, or is social media giving a platform to those who should maybe stay on the sideline?

Facebook: Everyone is an Expert. You can probably be one too! https://bit.ly/2WgtQoS

Twitter: Everyone is an Expert. #Inmyopinion #Imnotanexpertbut https://bit.ly/2WgtQoS

Farming on Social Media – Telling My Story

In my first blog I talked about how I sat in on a speaker who encouraged farmers to get on social media and tell our stories. That was in 2013 and for years I tried to figure out what that story looked like. How would I tell that story in a way that would be unique and interesting? It wasn’t until the year 2017 that I figured it out – and I’ll tell you – it was embarrassingly in my lap the whole time. 

The Importance of Telling the Story of Farming

I wrote about this a little bit in my other blogs, but essentially, farmers need to introduce ourselves. It had become apparent to me after starting my career in the big city as a graphic designer that farming was a foreign concept to most people. The only interaction with farming most of my coworkers had was farm themed toys and children’s books they had as a little kids. I was shocked by the disconnection and was motivated to remove it.

Consumer research shows that even though people have a lot of questions about their food, they still view farmers amongst the most trustworthy sources of information about it. Social media offers us the unique ability to connect with those people and answer those questions since we cannot go to their houses and have a conversation. Just by posting about our day, what we’re up to and why, we can provide everything they need to know. As long as we are transparent and honest, the consumer will be receptive. 

How to Tell the Story of Farming

For a few years, I worked as a graphic designer in an office in the city and in that time I was casually educating friends and colleagues about agriculture because I was so passionate about it. This was a dull attempt at fulfillment in my life. I wanted to farm, I wanted to make art and I wanted to help the agriculture industry. None of those things were really adding up. I thought quitting my office job and going to work on the farm would clear things up… and over time it actually did. I started drawing ridiculous situations I found myself in during the day and sharing them with my city friends. They encouraged me to start posting them on Instagram. Before I knew it, I’d found my voice. I was telling my story in a way that was unique to me. 

Everyone has to find their own way. SharkFarmer has a podcast, Andrew Campbell posts daily farm photos and The Peterson Brothers make song parodies. Whatever feels the most comfortable or fun for you is how you should tell your story. The farm community represents 2% of Canada. You may not get the notoriety of the people listed here, but you can at least bring a voice to the table so that as a whole we can compete with all the noise out there online. 

Comics about Farming

What started as a hobby and a way for me to relieve stress became a real, possible career path. Through innocent jokes and silly faces I was able to convey what life is like for me as a farmer in this modern world. It began to catch the interest of local papers and agriculture based magazines and has led to a few collaborations with various organizations. Then I decided to publish my first children’s book, coming full circle to the farmer in the book of my old coworker’s childhoods. Only this time, it was going to be an authentic representation of the modern Canadian farmer and just how complex they are. 

Long Story Short

Social media has given me the opportunity to follow a career path that I didn’t think existed. I am able to do all the things I always wanted to do: work on the farm, make art and help the agriculture industry. I encourage everyone, as I was encouraged back in 2013, to get online and share their own story in whatever format they want. The effort is minimal but impactful, we can’t change the way things are overnight, but we can offer consumers the chance to have their questions answered by the only people who can answer them: The people growing and raising their food. 

How do you tell your story? Whether you’re a farmer or not, how do you share your personal brand with the world? As a non-farmer, do you find it helpful for farmers to tell their stories on social media, and if so, why? 

You can read my farm comics strips on Instagram, Twitter or my website

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Sources

Ishmael, W. (2013, October 25). Ignorance is ag’s biggest challenge when connecting with consumers. 
https://www.beefmagazine.com/cattle-industry-structure/ignorance-ags-biggest-challenge-when-connecting-consumers

Jordan, T. How to tell your farm story.
https://canadasfarmers.ca/blog/how-to-tell-your-farm-story/