Social Media Shut Down; The Zombies have arrived…by Chuck Duboff

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I have shut down my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.  I believe that they are having a tremendously negative affect on society.

Social is described by the Cambridge Dictionary as: “relating to activities in which you meet and spend time with other people”, whereas the Cambridge Dictionary defines Social Media as: “computer programs that allow people to communicate and share information.”

People are no longer “meeting and spending time with other people.”  Social Media is creating a society in which we all become faceless.  Individuals get excited when they see that they have 728 friends on Facebook, yet those same people haven’t interacted with an actual human being in months.  This creates a false sense of being and creates a reality in which people no longer know how to interact at a human level.

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Individuals make commentary that they would never make in “the real world.”  There is a false sense of bravado which elicits many arguments online.  This is further exacerbated in the Twitter Universe where individuals go off on rants and have no issue with uttering ugly commentary.

As for Instagram, it is nothing more than a vanity outlet, saying look at me, look at what’s going on in my life.

It is a sad state when individuals no longer know how to communicate with others.  I recently walked into a coffee shop and it appeared as if everyone was connected to their laptops, tablets, smart phones…I went up to the counter to place and order and observed: “Am I the only one who comes in here to chat, to visit with others?”…the response from my friend behind the counter was: “No kidding, I think you’re the friendliest person who comes in here.

When the President-Elect is sending out malicious tweets at 3:00 AM, sadly, this world has become completely detached.

I have not yet made a determination about this blog; I am still thinking about it…I don’t see this as a form of social media, but rather an online magazine format.  I may be wrong; my only reservation about Blogging is that anybody with half a brain could write a blog and I do worry about extremists writing their vitriol online and having it taken as gospel.  Then again the “Internet” is a place for free discourse, so who am I to judge others writing.

The revolution that is needed is a rethinking of Facebook and Twitter and the like; this world is falling a part at an alarming rate and I believe people need to be able to communicate with other humans in a kinder, more friendly world.

 

No Man Is An Island – Poem by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

Social media, streaming tv, anonymous commentary…creating a world of hermits and zombies…by Chuck Duboff

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Society as we knew it has been usurped by various forms of social media,  streaming TV, online commentary…resulting in a world populated by individuals merely observing life, anonymously commentating and sitting zombie like “Netflxing and chilling”.  This has produced a world in which individuals feel disconnected from others,  in turn leading to vitriol expressed behind the protection of the internet.

“I talk to so many friends on Facebook everyday…I’ve got over 400 friends”  “My twitter account is exploding with so many new followers…daymn that feels good.”  “I watched Breaking Bad all day yesterday; blinds closed and not a soul bothered me.” “I made sure to give it to that crazy politician who takes all my taxes…and they didn’t even know who wrote that comment; what  a great world we live in.”

We have created a “new society”, one in which individuals measure their self-worth by numbers of followers, by incendiary commentary, by living hermit like in the bowels of their basement.  Ask these same individuals to interact socially, to communicate on a human to human basis, to take responsibility for their words and actions…and you see individuals unable to function.  It truly is no wonder the utter fascination with Zombies…

It is certainly a sad state of affairs which this “new society” has produced.  Unlike prevalent thinking, individuals who gloat about all their followers, bombastically crow about their anonymous commentary, reside in the world of marathon TV watching…are in fact, disconnected from the reality of this world.  They are susceptible to explosions of anger because of this disconnection, which in turn has resulted in increased violence towards others and rising rates of suicide.  Additionally, and to me this is one of the scariest fallouts, individuals who troll social media like Twitter, are increasingly vulnerable to the machinations of politicians like Donald Trump, who have mastered the social media tool and use it to manipulate the minds of the social media recluse.

We enter cafes today and everybody’s ears are plugged in and eyes are glued to computer screens…no longer do we give smiles and “hey, how are you, can I join you”…we disappear into our so-called connected world.

Hitler had millions of followers, while Jesus only had twelve (I believe…excuse my ignorance…).  We need to return to a world in which true friends matter, family is more important than devices and we return to reading books rather than glued to 16 straight hours of Big Bang Theory.  The genie is out of the bottle, but I believe that the great minds which created this “new society”, can also help save it…only if they put their devices down and talk with other human beings.

Editorial…and a few questions to ponder; by Chuck Duboff

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During these next few weeks, you will notice significant changes happening on this blog. In today’s Winnipeg Free Press there is an editorial which states that the “selfie mayor” must start doing more. On July 4th I stated in my Saturday Morning Random Thoughts: “* Brian Bowman: at some point the citizens of Winnipeg get tired of smiles and want to see substance; you made a lot of promises…instead of smiles, let’s see something constructive.” One of the big changes you will notice is a return to hard hitting questions and blogs. Whether it is the ugly racism which exists in Canada, the United States and through out the world or discussing Neil Young’s attack on Monsanto or questioning the paranoia, lies and spying of the Harper Government…Recently one of my friends, Don Lofondale, contributed some interesting writing on JFK…you will see more of this kind of writing.

There will be a return to Saturday Morning Random Thoughts and Sunday Morning Music…there will be no hard and fast number of blogs, but rather when the mood suits, blogs will appear…the poetry will be edgy, the blogs will have substance and the questions will be hard hitting…there will be a return to the questioning, opining, standing up for what is right which I exhibited during the 15 years of fighting for Human Rights…I wasn’t awarded the Manitoba Human Rights Award in 2006 for being a good guy, but rather standing up for what is right and just. Expect more of that.

As Neil Young stated: “It’s better to burn out, than to fade away”

And now…some thoughts and questions to ponder:

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The United States needs Bernie Saunders…much more than Hilary Clinton and the 16 clowns running for the Republicans. But you know that big money and the Military Industrial Complex will make his campaign irrelevant.

How much longer will Winnipeg’s entitled continue to make uninformed comments about living downtown; from what I read there are murders, drug deals, and white collar crime in Charleswood, Tuxedo, East Kildonan, City Hall and the Leg…I’ve lived downtown for 18 years and have never once experienced any of the delusional problems which so many fabricate.

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Little did we know Atticus!!! It is so thrilling to see the excitement surrounding Harper Lee’s new novel: Go Set a Watchman. Though there has been a great deal of shock to see the way in which Atticus’ character evolves…it is so gratifying to see techie society still embrace good literature.

…and with that I sign off today…take a minute to think about this: “Evil Will Flourish When Goodness Remain Silent.”

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The Baltimore Riots…some personal thoughts and some very important insight from the VP of the Baltimore Orioles.

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Watching the rioting on the streets of Baltimore brought back memories of the unrest of the 1960’s. Yet, here we are 50 years later and the struggle continues, exacerbated by social media, depersonalizing technology, a blood thirsty media and unmitigated class warfare.

Quite obviously books will be written about what is happening in the United States right now; sociologists will take years to analyze this inevitable bubbling over of civil unrest.

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When you have a society in which 1% of the population controls most of the wealth and millions are left homeless and living in poverty, when you have the Police Chief of Baltimore stating that “we have a very poor relationship with the citizens of Baltimore”, when technology is developed (cell phones, violent video games) which is completely depersonalizing, desensitizing and creating anti-social youth, with the sole motivation of larger profits, when media like Fox News glorifies war, racism and demonstrates no respect for the office of the President, when TMZ presents unrealistic lifestyles, when CNN only looks at the negative aspects of every story, rather than attempting to portray some civility (see pic above), when the Black population needs to shout out: “Our Lives Matter” after watching young black men being gunned down by police throughout the United States, when a Major League Baseball game will be played in front of no fans due to a fear for the safety of those who would go to the game (George Orwell gives a sly grin…), when social media like Twitter is out of control with anger, viscous character assassination, ugly and mean racism, blatant disrespectful political/societal commentary…

SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG IN THE UNITED STATES!!

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Reading the article below, I was given some hope for the future of America’s citizens. It is refreshing to see John P. Angelos, the son of the owner of the Baltimore Orioles, present such incredible insight into what is happening in his city and country. Please take a moment to read his words.

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ANTI-MEDIA Staff
April 28, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) Freddie Gray is dead and Baltimore is in flames. People are pointing fingers in all directions and yet no one seems to have any genuine answers. The 25-year-old Baltimore resident had his spinal cord snapped while in police custody on April 12. Six officers have been suspended over the incident and an entire metropolitan area has since erupted in violent protest.

A Baltimore sportscaster, Brett Hollander took to Twitter after the mayhem began to condemn the protests as counter-productive to the community. The radio host was quickly met with a harsh retort from the most unlikely of candidates; an executive for the hometown baseball team
John P. Angelos, the Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles and son of majority team owner Peter Angelos, gave an eye-opening statement in response to Hollander’s critique of the demonstrations and also elegantly summed up the current state of affairs in Maryland’s largest city.
Please read the entirety of Mr. Angelos’ defense of protesters below. It is well worth the read.
Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela, and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, an ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.

Nelson Mandela and the impact of technology on reading…Chuck Duboff

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Nelson Mandela was a man of peace, good will and thoughtfulness. He espoused values which reflected a man of deep understanding of what is right. The betterment of mankind always seemed to be foremost on his mind and in his actions.
In the quote which follows, Mandela offers a very important insight into the future of our young people. Young people are not reading; it is symptomatic of a generation raised on technology, resulting in an inability to concentrate for long periods of time. Being able to concentrate on reading is a skill unto itself; sadly, it would seem, a large segment of our youth demonstrate very little interest in reading. Rather, it seems, the latest war game video, Apple watch and You Tube silliness consume our youth.

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