The variations of electronic hand holding techniques made possible by the directives stemming from billionaires entirely oblivious to social mores and living in a perpetual state of utopian awkwardness, directly effects the legions of loyal and reliable end users playing the data exchange game. Simply post the echo of a thought or image into the digital ether and receive a soothing jolt of endorphins in return, while the online platform ultimately wins through the magic analytics game of exponential mathematics in turning an epic profit through monetizing the inane musings of overtly bored individuals.
For the surface level interactions, which constitute the majority of online interludes through devices in the electronic matrix, a meticulous and engineering marvel of coordinated bots and complex software algorithms are adept in keeping the ultra speed freeways of the information highway clear of rubbish and any content that espouses conservative values. However, end users who regularly employ a perceptible magnitude of thought in sharing a world view, or a slanted perspective on politics and social justice, require more rigorous and devoted efforts to maintaining the social media outlets as money printing cash cows of lucrative intrigue. It is at this threshold of site moderation, that classic tactics deployed in successfully managing the population of retirement homes forwarded by the psychological mind games of defeatism, provide the tech industry with a functioning membrane of self-defense. Unfortunately for society, the presence of a multiple nanny state electronic dictatorships severely limit the expression of free thought in an ever changing corporate narrative designed through chaos and teeming with hypocrisy. Reasonable thinking individuals around the globe are collectively rolling their eyes at the creators of the social networks and the inability to apply any foresight towards the now uncontrollable entities that promote internal conflict and leak more private data than an intoxicated North Korean operative enjoying a night of libations at a trendy suburban nightclub under the care of a scintillating blonde. The simple retort with the eyes spreads to a collective mild laughter, as the amount of rules imposed by the Silicon Valley leadership and safety features applied to posts rivals the bubble wrapped and cautious environment of the senior living experience, and ballroom dance night is not likely to transform into an iridescent disco ball frenetic rave resounding baseline of techno musical stings sustained by hits of Molly.
Social network stepchild and oasis for millennials in escaping the trials and tribulations of the real world, Instagram, is planning to launch an aggressive moderation campaign to apparently reduce instances of bullying, reports NBC News, a curious move that contains all the subtlety of activating a secret state police force to squelch any ideologies competing against the totality of the leadership. Account holders who publicly share content that piques that interest of an AI force of moderation bots, will be almost instantly informed that their post could potentially ruffle the feathers of another user, and of course the account will be flagged and placed on a double secret probationary status. Using the universal senior citizen translator device to decode the pending censorship campaign, quiet time now applies to anyone who is construed by the Instagram software to be controversial, shares a belief system that leans right of center, or is just plain mean. There is no word yet if any digital heavy pharmaceuticals will be administered to disrupters rocking the proverbial boat and quite possibly jarring an original thought loose from the herd of sheeple ensconced in propagandized talking points and discussing their latest adventure to the dog park which may or may not feature all the intrigue of a soy latte and a cute collar perfect for next Friday’s pet date.
The caveat to the latest social network lobotomizing effort in gently assisting grandma across the driveway to a pathetic existence of complete reliance and mercy facilitated by the digital gods, is the carefree manner in which Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri responds to the scheduled upgrades of regulation. Allegedly, Mosseri holds an ingrained hatred and fear for any corporate policy that remotely parallels the First Amendment and is not phased by the possibility that Chinese magnitude parental controls limiting free speech, will probably lead to a mass exodus from the platform. It is among this troubling mentality of embracing the founding principles of an agenda over sensible business practices simply to stick it to a group of people on the opposite side of the political fence, that produces a bitter aftertaste with hints of intolerance. The powers that be understand that social networks are looked at by some as viable news sources, yet fail to provide any stewardship for balance in the organic proliferation of information. Once again firing up the senior citizen mechanized translator, only after downing a paper cup filled with a rainbow selection of pills in all shapes and sizes is escape possible from this pending future shock nightmare of ceaseless rhetoric and the painstaking annihilation of the human spirit, and at the expense of a razor sharp wit.
Not surprisingly, Instagram is a willful subsidiary of F***book, and similar to the majority of minds actively using the product, expectation have to be dulled in holding any hope for compromise in successfully negotiating with a termite colony or an anthill. While sensitivity, and not empathy, replaces intelligence as a cultural value directly influenced by the digital brokers of hell, and compromise shrouds truth with the vast hunger pangs of instant gratification, purpose suffers in the wake of a widespread lassitude. “Anti-bullying” is simply a term and an excuse to limit political discussions. The younger generations do not stand a chance, as the contrived fantasy world of the online matrix dominates reality and attacks accountability and the basic components responsible for developing critical thought. How? and Why? are on a crash course for extinction.
With all defenses down in yielding to the complete technological experience, individuals at the very least are exposing themselves to chance of exploitation through careless privacy handling practices, and at the highest level, an existence of languishing complacency through being spoon fed delicious tidbits of information that is validated through viral popularity, and not based on factual evidence. In being told what to say and what to do by the coded software models prevalent within social media, behavior is quickly being modified at an alarming rate as the distinct concepts of opinion and disciplined are muddled, and with a blessing of the Silicon Valley tyrants.
There is a reason that a retirement home is not an effective tool of warfare, and the legions of zombies with heads stuck in the screen and coasting on a dubious course of autopilot through life in graciously accepting the hand of the digital devil, are being disarmed through becoming obsolete. The senior citizen translator gadget shows lights out at 7 pm and nobody seems to mind.
Read the NBC News story here.
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