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The Demise of Social Media

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 10:02 am Tue 11th June 2019

I wrote a previous post on The Death of Feminism.

Perhaps that is not so visible because we still have some aspiring female politicians who wouldn’t deny themselves the opportunity they worked for. A bunch of state workers in their last ten years before retirement. A few political hopeful who see a career of indulgence with minimal work. While behind them is a disinterested directionless army of younger people who have something else to do, or really don’t give a continental.

There is no great army of persuasion at the top of the bell curve. That sharp leading edge is a knife edge, and not an instant death, but perhaps a slow and painful ideological death for those who kept the faith. We see it being played out in dramatic style on social media and that’s probably in the absence of the greater majority of the population. (The greater majority; I use the term cautiously but with some confidence)

Whether that position on Feminism is correct or not, it is linked directly to social media.

When we talk about social media it doesn’t extend much past the main platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or something any person might be using. However, the timeline for social media started in the late 1990s with blogs and antique platforms back in the days of dial up.

There’s two cutting edges in social media;

First is the rapidly advancing technology which is now as capable as television.
Second there is the natural political inclination to own anything that is not already within political control or influence.

Within the 5th Estate, which I discussed in a previous post, A New Anger we see something else. The transition from yellow journalism in the media to fake news within social media.

And around this an unhealthy combination of addiction, participation, and manipulation.

When I say the demise of social media, I don’t expect it to have a slow undignified failure like Feminism. Like radio and television it will come to the end of its spectrum of technologies and possibilities. Then I think something a little unexpected might happen, and already is happening.

These old platforms, like basic good old WordPress and other blogs and written platforms will become the ground of common sense, reason and group activity.

So, when that run away train finally runs off the cliff ( Back to the Future style ) how prepared are we going to be?

Is that where it will head?

There’s my bold prediction. What are your thoughts?

4 Responses to “The Demise of Social Media”

  1. mama says:

    I admit to wanting that massive solar flare that takes modern communication out, quite recently Face Book was down for 10hrs?, I think,,some people where unable to comes to grips with their lives without it, that blew me away, wer’e talking all sorts of peoples.

    People have really come to rely, like an addiction, on their FB’s and Twitters, I would like to think of it’s demise but I just can not see it.

    When websites became available to business everyone thought they better get one pronto,, many found it did not serve to get them more business, and it could be a bit sore on some with reviews and comments…but technology has become so much more to us all and the pro’s and con’s are many.

    I had some you tube music playing the other day, when finished an ad come on and then into what I thought was a trailor for a sci fi movie, a bit partial to this I came and watched and thought , wow, what is this, I hope it’s a new sci fi but began to suspect it was an ad for on line gaming,,indeed it was, EVE,, but shockingly good, music, graphics, voice overs of three pilots were also subtitled and it really drew me in..I showed it later to my Son, he told me that was the kind of thing our 8 year old grandson had been watching…. this to me is a worry, for this little boy, my grandson is already pretty anti-social, I am concerned that they are creating a new dictatorship, unseen, unknown.
    At the same time I read about the universal wage and how society will all be paid this regardless of who they are, including what was known as the pension.

  2. Boonie says:

    There has to be some pushback to digital subscriptions and control of regional news.

    Not everyone wants to be part of a secret Facebook group for a non-specific purpose.

    What’s important to people is news, so it’s not unreasonable to see email groups turning into online groups.

    Which technology suits that?

  3. mama says:

    #2,,Boonie,,, you said that what’s important is news,,, I wish,,, my children’s generation does not really care about current affairs as such,,, and when finding out about current issues it has been shown to me that the’news’ they learn of on FB, for instance, is not factual, yet believed hook , line and sinker.

  4. Boonie says:

    The alternatives have to be there.

    Usually competition provides that in the commercial world.

    In the social world it’s probably more individual sacrifice.

    Or collective sacrifice – what we called charity before it was commercialized.

    You can see it stirring in the background and to be fair the media hasn’t ignored that, to our surprise.

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