Thursday, June 11, 2020

Social media companies wising up to the fact that you need Action as well as Talk


A few notes. But I’ll do some connecting of dots.

A Facebook friend put up a set up notes about coronavirus-related developments with a special feature, and Facebook suddenly blocked him from updating it for violating community standards.  Yet it still can be accessed.  He also talks about going to MeWe (CNET review). 

By normal standards, there’s nothing wrong with it.  He just gives a series of links to local south Florida news stories in reputable sites.  

Then David Brooks offers an op-ed June 4 on “How to do reparations right  That sounds fine, to do it with the people living in troubled neighborhoods.  (But some variations of proposals like this want some sort of sovereignty comparable to Native American reservations – “Chaz” in Seattle may sound something like that.) He wants National Service participants (as an alternative to military service) in young adulthood to live and work in these areas.

It’s all to easy to imagine expanding that idea – why not invite retirees to do the same thing (maybe if able bodied and still getting social security)?  That could impact “me”.

Social media companies and platforms could invite people to take sabbaticals and do this kind of service for 1-2 year hitches, and disappear.  It’s a kind of “paying your dues”.  Maybe its living wokeness.  Maybe it’s “social creditworthiness.”  But it is still focused on the individual’s own public behavior (or taking it private and offline for periods), not really based on the person’s ancestors.

It strikes me that I do have meaningful contact with outstanding young adults online, the old “imaginary friend” problem.  Some sort of service expectation could break all this up – imaginary globalization, and force people (like me) into social service “where they are,” as people would come down for periods. 

One thing I have noticed that social media has pressured people to do if lift up others online, very publicly (like FB’s urging people to run public fundraisers).  Yet in one case I know of a young man who decided, after honoring the people he had helped with grocery deliveries as chores, to take all his social media private.  There was no point in being a celebrity anymore (although confusion about his name was a problem, too.)

I’ve talked about my own plans before (mandatory “simplification” at the end of 2021), and I would still like to be able to deploy the work I am doing.  I think it is good for people to work alone and for themselves – but maybe there should be finite limits on how long this is allowed until it shows results actually for others.  Yes, we need the critical thinking and I have provided that (and with two or three situations it was a very good thing that I did).  But it may not be enough forever.

I developed my search-engine-driven method for Internet reach because I got in the game early, in th late 90s.  I did not always keep up with the technology.  I did not get around to teaching myself to become a “Youtuber” because I “came of age” when blogging was considered more promising, so my “style” is different from that of other people with similar views. Once you get hooked on doing something a certain way for years or decades, it is hard to change.  But eventually you may have to.  Nothing lasts forever.


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