I have a love hate relationship with social media and the interwebs. Not a single day goes by that I don’t simultaneously cuss about some article I’ve seen and turn right back around and marvel at how quickly we can obtain information that once took a trip to the library. The sheer number of news, information and opinion sites available is just staggering. There is no end to number of topics anyone of us can read about or research. Don’t think I don’t see the irony here as I sit typing my opinions for the world to see. The never ending stream of information was one of the catalysts for this blog. I detest getting political or confrontational on my personal social media page. I don’t feel like it does anyone any good. Here lately, I have blocked friends and family because I just can’t take another negative comment when all I really want to see is a cute picture of your dog or a funny story about your kid. But, at the same time, I just couldn’t sit by and keep my mouth shut about various topics that kept popping up on my social media and news feeds. So, here we are.
I can’t help but ask myself am I adding fuel to the flame by writing my own op-ed pieces? Am I giving any crackpot with a keyboard (myself included) further credence by commenting? Do the advances in information dissemination outweigh the negative? Are all these articles and information too much of a good thing? It’s so easy to be heard now days could it mean that our words mean less? With the ease in which we can communicate, have we taken our freedom of speech too far in that we as collective feel like only our opinions matter and conflicting opinions do not? I wonder if Zuckerberg or Gates or Jobs (before he died) feel any remorse over helping to create the platforms on which we as a society sling mud at one another? I’m sure there are already college classes that touch on these topic or there will be soon. I’m sure many dissertations will be written regarding those questions I just posed. I just wonder if we’ll get any answers to those questions in my demographic’s life time?