Beginning a blog in 2015 seems a bit like reviving the Columbia Record Club, but I’m doing it anyway. Sometimes, the old ways are the best.
I’m personally fed up with walled-garden social media spaces and click-bait websites. This is not the internet I agreed to when I first signed up in 1994. I’m declaring my independence and taking my content back. This probably means that 99.9% of people on the internet will never see a single thing that I post, but I really don’t care. 99.9% of people on the internet are not the type of people I would hang out with in real life, either.
The problem with modern social media is that it rewards the short attention span. We reduce our thoughts to 140 characters and share links to things that even we don’t bother to read past the first paragraph or two. Brevity is the soul of wit, but wit isn’t everything. Social media is fun, it’s addicting, it keeps us coming back – but most importantly, it keeps us away from other things we truly enjoyed doing before we got sucked into it – things which truly engrossed and enriched us at one point in our lives. Social media turns the internet from a tool to simplify and improve our lives, into a drug which distracts us from so many of the better things in life – important things like self-education, personal contemplation and genuine personal expression.
Social media bubbles us in with like-minded thinkers and rewards herd mentalities. With it, we consume without tasting, we hear without listening, and speak without thinking. When there’s two dozen people who will share and re-tweet anything you post simply because they agree with you, how do you expect to challenge your own assertions and grow as an individual? It’s too easy to fall into this trap, and I’ve succumbed to it as much as anyone.
I’m not going to be on this earth for a very long time, so I would like to enrich my brain as much as possible for as long as possible.