I’ve said this before: there is and will never be shortage of opinions. While online publishing continues to evolve, some fundamentals don’t. The greatest of these is our humanness. I’m yet to be convinced that social media fundamentally changes us. It only impacts how we express ourselves. This includes opinions and worldviews. Various publishing tools mean we continue to share competing arguments and viewpoints in other means.
I can’t imagine living in an Internetless era. I’m privileged to have had the Internet even at ridiculous dial-up speeds. Aaah those early days. Blessed are you if you have no clue what dial-up internet is. I love the Internet and the resource it is and can help provide. I’m also a fan of online publishing. And, like I’ve said in different ways and places, tech is, for the most part, amoral. What we do with it is what makes the difference. Dow we build or tear down.
With a flood of content online, it isn’t always easy deciding what to ‘consume’. As much as there’s great content there’s an equal amount of rubbish, if not more. Do you have a content consumption manifesto? Are there any guides on what you decide to give your attention and time to while online? In this episode I thought it would be great to talk about what I look for in content online.
This episode was recorded a while ago and it is in some way dated. Though this had to do with the Facebook debacle back in April (2018), the principles and concerns are still relevant. I reflect on the responsibility of Facebook as a company and on the platform. In short: Facebook knew that a company had “stolen” users’ information and they didn’t take action to protect users. I also think aloud about our activity online.
My digital life and self, feel overwhelmed. This happens from time to time. It is usually a result of spending a lot of time looking at screens. You know the exercise — scroll, double tap, type and do it all over again. This isn’t the first time I’ve come to this point. I’ve been thinking about what I’ve done in the past when digital sucks life out of your life.