I’ve said that social media is a social disease for years. Now it’s time to tell you the cure.
Everyone should read this book:
Go to your bookstore and buy it. But if they won’t offer you a price that’s close to Amazon, buy from Amazon. But before you give up on your bookstore, tell them where you’re at. Tell them you’re happy to buy from them, even pay a couple bucks more than Amazon. But they’ve got to do their part. Here’s the Amazon link:
Everyone needs to pay for a subscription to a news site. The New York Times is doing great work. Democracy Now! is great. But the key here, is paying for information. Because unless we start paying, journalism will die. If journalism dies, our Republic is at risk.
Get off of Facebook and social media.
Here’s a great NYT piece from today, covering Facebook’s role in the election. Did Facebook influence our election? Did your crazy uncle send you a Facebook link? Did you watch a live Facebook stream? Are you on Facebook? Yes, Facebook influenced the Presidential election.
One more. A couple days before the election Trump supporters were all over social media claiming that Michael Moore was supporting Trump. Then alt-right websites jumped in and fueled the fire. It was a lie. Moore wasn’t supporting Trump. The right doctored a clip from Moore’s film TrumpLand. They doctored the clip, cut the clip off to make it look like Moore was backing Trump. Lies.
Here’s a link to YouTube for a search of “moore endorses trump”
The doctored clip got millions of hits. All because of a lie. Did it influence the election? How could it not have.
Facebook sucks. So does Twitter, so does spending any time on social media sites. Or for that matter, trying to find truth by Googling.
Here’s what’s happened to the Internet. There is no truth. Because for every link I find in Google to present my case, you can find just as many to present yours.
Read The Shallows. Then buy another book and read it. Then another, and another. Read a new book once a week. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Your brain has atrophied. The good news is that it’s a muscle, you can make it stronger. But only if you exercise it daily. Scanning websites, spending time on Facebook, social, it’s making your brain weaker. If you keep it up, the computer will take over your mind – if it hasn’t already. It’s making our country weaker.
Let me lay this one on you. Nicholas writes how we’ve outsourced memory to Google. Meaning, we no longer rely on our brain for memory. We rely on Google to remember stuff for us. Keep it up, the machines will rule our lives.
Instead of chatting online, relying on email, go have a conversation with someone — anyone. In person. Go see them, do whatever it takes. Or call them.
When you’re in a coffee shop, the airport, getting your car fixed, standing in line, leave your phone in your pocket. Instead look around, strike up a conversation with the person next to you.
Quit taking selfies. Instead, ask someone to take a picture for you.
I know, breaking these terrible habits we’ve formed is hard. It’s been hard for me. Not quite as hard as quitting booze and drugs, but hard. I’m here to help if you need me. Call me.