really? it’s sunk to this?


ellipsis

No. I won’t follow Mr. Trump.

I have a perfectly adequate brain. It’s capable of thoughtful, lucid decision-making without any interference from hysterical trolls on social media. So Twitter can save their breath.

Besides, I don’t take advice from shills. Especially advocates for the most dangerous fomenter to come down the pike in decades. As far as I’m concerned, Twitter is a willing accomplice, busily transporting unhinged rhetoric across state lines at all hours of the day and night. All social media, in fact, bears responsibility for fueling the enthusiastic ignorance afoot. And shame on them.

Facebook, Reddit, the whole bunch provide the most dangerous, destructive elements in society with the tools to undermine everything decent and civil about democracy. No questions asked. Thanks to them, the lunatic fringe has found an eager, dull-witted audience tailor-made for their twisted agendas.

Zealotry is a scary business, you know. Combine it with vengeance matchand self-righteous anger and you’ve got yourself a powder keg. Unrestricted social media content is a handy spark. But, on a more positive note, the spelling and grammar are entertaining.

Apparently, we need to establish some rules, add labels with pictures designating the real from the fake; conspiracy theories from actual events; wild ravings from enlightened discourse. The great idiocracy, clearly, can’t tell the difference.

For me, it all boils down to this: I wouldn’t follow Trump out of a burning building and Twitter can’t make me. No one can. There. I’ve said it and I’m glad.

copyright © 2016 little ittys

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12 thoughts on “really? it’s sunk to this?

  1. Certainly agree about social media. I use FB as one of the vehicles for my writing, mainly because all other writers insist that you need a social media presence. And FB is bad enough; there’s no way I’d use Twatter.

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    1. Social media has, indeed, become a scourge. Avoiding it has real benefits, like peace of mind. But I can’t decide if the being invisible part is a plus or minus. So I’ve stopped worrying about it and pretend my little blog will flourish without the burden of popularity :o?

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  2. Great post! I think people are still treating social media like this shiny new thing with endless promise, but…it has caused more problems than not. Especially with the past US election. Oh and those joyous celebrities…that’s an area where social media has definitely gone too far. If anything, we shouldn’t be surprised that Trump won. Nothing matters unless it comes from someone famous these days….sigh…

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    1. I confess, this has been an eye-opener for me. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think people actually believed the outlandish, preposterous junk on the Internet. It’s disturbing, to say the least.

      Thank you for being polite and reasonable :o)

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      1. Lol, I spent my formative years glued to Facebook and Twitter and have seen firsthand that people will and do believe anything on the web. Even when someone is like, “This doesn’t seem right…” and provides evidence, people will blindly turn on them. It’s a vicious cycle!

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          1. Thanks to the mainstream media none of us are exempt :(. I barely use FB or Twitter…too much focus on people I care little about…we can only hope that social media has a shelf life. I like it for keeping up with friends, but that doesn’t seem to be the purpose of most of them anymore. It’s just mass data collection at this point.

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