Exponential Tech & Social Media
If you are on this page, maybe like many of us, you have felt an intuitive nagging. Something is not quite right.
Somewhere needs more attention and attentiveness. Somehow there must be a way to have a better world, cohesive interactions with other humans, a respectful and symbiotic relationship with his planet and all life on it.
I would also bet that probably you are one of those who has deleted your Facebook account or paused your social media activity a few times. If you’ve been considering this but haven’t yet, I suggest viewing The Social Dilemma, a Netflix documentary released on 9 September 2020. The situation is actually worse than you think. The documentary clarifies some of the issues we face today with the exponential technology that has been available to everyone since around 2013, and how really no one on this planet has been 100% ready to integrate it. You will see how over the past years, social media is a part of an exponential tech, that has been developed and largely shaped by about 100 young, mostly western and white men with no understanding, study, training or experience about human behavior and psychology.
This is not an indictment of the tech industry. Instead it’s a moment to create context for our predicament and a call to engage with constructive, cooperative and cohesive intent. It is very important to note that many of these men and women, who were hired to shape the social media industry, are now recognizing the need for conscientious and ethical programming, responsibility and accountability in this industry.
With all of this in mind, I’ve been grappling with how to deal with my own addictive compulsions and my emotional responses to posts on Facebook and Twitter. And I’ve also been in deep contemplation since April, as my small business and all sources for income tanked, for how to use this vast tool called Social Media without adding to this system that is causing so much havoc and damage.
I believe that we can do better. These are creative tools originally designed to connect humans and affirm our identity, or existence, or positive impact on others. I believe that collectively, with clarity of our core values and intentions we will correct the se major cracks and deficiencies of our systems. I believe that with the tools of transparency, truth and discernment, we will co-create a New World Together, that is characterized by cohesive, constructive, cooperative human interaction and a respectful and symbiotic relationship with our planet and all life on it.
The Social Dilemma: A Wake Up Call for a World Drunk on Social Media. The Guardian. 19 September 2020.
The Social Dilemma: Netflix’s Documentary and What It Means. EU Startups. 17 September 20202.
What The ‘Social Dilemma’ Misunderstands About Social Media. The Verge. 16 September 2020.
The Social Dilemma: An All-Embracing Addiction. The Wire. 13 September 2020.
The Social Dilemma: Unplug and Run. The New York Times. 9 September 2020.