The Home You Never Left

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  1. Some good thoughts and wake up call on the shit continuously hitting the fan.

    Another aspect of it is if reflecting persons leave those medias they will get even more unbalanced. There need to be individuals in place to react on rubbish and save us from the stream of ignorance and intolerance.

    1. Hi Fredrik, many thanks for dropping by and for the great insights and feedback comments! Greatly appreciated! Yes, you bring in a very interesting and insightful point as to that growing need for balance, but at what costs for that matter? Is it worth all the bullying and trolling going around those gentle souls who just want to make things better, as we have seen in recent instances in multiple social tools?

      Some times, you know, we need to be brave enough to let the ‘dinosaurs’ die a slow, painful death, if that’s what’s needed to get rid of the vitriol and polarisation that’s currently going on. Some times in order to start with the new, we need to leave behind the old, specially, if it carries some good old baggage we just don’t need as it gets, if anything, more amplified by social tools on how dysfunctional it’s been all along. That’s the whole point I tried to bring above with that comment about ‘breaking the chain’. It needs to be done, if we would want to return to streams of insights and tolerance, learning and knowledge, connections and relationships, and I’d certainly be one vouching for it.

      The current Social Web is certainly not the one I wanted to start working on nearly 20 years ago and I am pretty sure there are thousands of people out there who didn’t want the Social Web turn itself into what’s become. So we better do something about it, don’t you think? 😀

      Thanks much, once again, for the great feedback!

  2. You might be right Luis, but it hurts with the insight that there are so many individuals that do not care to reflect deep enough to understand what evil they are feeding. It may be like the the fight of Don Quixote to try interfere in that stream of trolling.

    I am not totally convinced yet about the best way to make a better world, but trying is a great start.

    Best of luck with your mission, may the force be with you!

    1. Hi Fredrik, thanks a lot for that additional feedback and for dropping by! Appreciated. I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head when using the word CARE, because I feel it’s right at the heart of it.

      We just don’t care enough about what use we make of these social tools and how we are portrayed to everyone else in our networks for that matter by that same usage. But, the social tools have got a bit of blame as well for that matter, as they also help shape us accordingly. Let me share an example, with the Olympics and Twitter.

      We have seen examples where Twitter has been asked by major TV networks to take down ‘exclusive’ footage of the Olympics, because they were in clear violation of copyright and what not, and within a matter of minutes that content is gone from Twitter for good. Yet, when a regular user indicates and shares across the bullying, the trolling, the vitriol and hatred from other people and alerts Twitter on it, Twitter doesn’t do a single thing to act on it, because we keep feeding on that morbid scenario of watching people suffer and enjoy it while it lasts. It’s horrifying! Not necessarily because it’s happening, which it is on its own, but because most of these social tools *have got* the tools to cut it all out and they are not too keen on doing it, because that’s what drives their traffic, i.e. revenue.

      Sad, but rather accurate. Appalling, if you ask me, too! That’s why it’s perhaps a good time we start questioning our very own involved with these social tools that keep showing how dysfunctional they are, and we are! It’s perhaps our chance for them to show them, they need to get their act together, regardless. Either that, or we move on to continue working and building the Social Web we want, not the one *they* want, if you know what I mean 😀

      I’m sure we will eventually make it happen, but that can only happen if we all start questioning and challenging the status quo of some of the major social networking tools and what they have done to us, and then wonder about what they could do, too! 😀

      It’s a collective exercise we all need to embark on, not just you, or me. It needs to be each and everyone of us, because otherwise we will be going back to square one and we all know that’s no longer the pretty place it used to be. Time for us all to smarten up in our usage of social tools. They won’t change by themselves, we would need to help them understand how AND why they need to change!

      Let’s do it!

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