…it’s a bit eh…sad, I find, but not at all surprising, that most worldwide social media platforms have almost entirely taken over the role of local news agencies, in a world that now irreversibly relies on digital communication, very similar to the way that traditional ‘mom ‘n pop stores’ are making way for huge conglomerate hyper markets with their massive “parking lots” to accommodate customers, literally turning individuals into numbers. I find it sad yet understandable.
And I find it understandable yet alarming how easily misinformation is deliberately OR accidentally spread, by attention-seekers and individuals that are well-aware, OR NOT, that due the continuous enormous input of information, increasing lack of time, and decreasing attention-span, a majority of individuals only read addictive “headlines” before forming an opinion. Just like judging a book by it’s cover.
Please don’t get me wrong; if you prefer to take a glance at a book and pretend you’ve read it; so be it! It’s your choice, not mine. If you’re angry that you feel treated like a number and not like an individual, that’s your choice too, and again, not mine.
So… 3 major worldwide platforms that I use, Facebook, Instagram & Whatsapp, went worldwide offline yesterday. During the first 5 minutes I took it personal; “was it something I posted that I shouldn’t have?”, “Did I get censured?”, “Was I hacked?”.
Then, after finding out it was worldwide, I felt relieved: “Ohh, good, I’m not the only one”.
Yet still, some 6 hours later, I woke up (twice last night!) and couldn’t help myself checking if those platforms were back on line. Bloody minimosquitoes!!!
This morning, when I woke up, I realized the importance (for me) to not rely too heavily on those platforms. But both personally and professionally I do need to rely, to some degree, on the Internet.
I remembered a friend of mine telling me once “Marco, keep it small, keep it personal, and most importantly, keep it true. Whatever happens next is no longer in your hands.” I do agree with his advice.
Hence my decision to concentrate more on my website akamawa.nl (I’ll be opening commentary pages there lateron this week after placing an extra security-layer) and somewhat minimize my dependence of large social networks.
I’ll be happily re-engineering this little ‘mom ‘n pop-store’, so to speak!
Have a good one, People!