Instacrack

I was really into social media at one point, oh the buzz of the black hole known as YouFloob…

Online platforms can be a great way to speak out, speak up, meet up, find out… their potential is so far-reaching for communication and community (provided you have a device and wifi).

But, I’m not sure about it, the whole privacy/all of your data is for sale thing really bothers me (shock! horror!)

I wish the internet had ushered in the collapse of capitalism rather than the fetishism of it…

Plus, the bubbles we can inadvertently live in if we’re only jacked into our social media circle is super frightening, right?

Around the whole Brexit/Trump debacle what worried me most wasn’t the rise of the far right, what worried me was a whole bunch of folks who’d managed thus far to have their heads stuck firmly in their… in the sand.

I’d already been worried about the rise of the far right for most of my adult life and here were folks COMPLETELY oblivious to the past years of far right politicians, business leaders and climate change denialists screwing over the vulnerable, the ill, the old, the young, the unborn, the dying, the minority communities – buying and selling community resources for profit, making it seem ok for the online population to sign away our rights to privacy and data control, deliberately using racism, sexism and classism as tools in electoral campaigns and business decisions… the list goes on and on. And on…

Seriously, if there’s one thing the world doesn’t need, it’s more excuses to ignore what goes on in front of our noses, with our neighbours, our families, down our street or on the other side of the world, so why are we so in love with Instacrack?

There’s idea of ‘safety’ in our social media use, that you’re in control of your profile or whatever, but it’s just that, an idea. And whilst big companies have access to your every search, sign in and even your personal emails, it’s just not true.

 

 

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