Make it count this year…
Make it double-count this year.
Stat of the day: 28,000 – the number of children and teens shot and killed in the US between 2002 and 2012. According to ABC News, that means that 13 kids died at home for every soldier killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan during that period.
This is a problem much bigger than Facebook. It reminded me of what can go wrong in society, and why we now often talk at each other instead of to each other. We set up our political and social filter bubbles and they reinforce themselves—the things we read and watch have become hyper-niche and cater to our specific interests. We go down rabbit holes of special interests until we’re lost in the queen’s garden, cursing everyone above ground.
My feed was showing almost only the worst kind of tripe that all of us in the media are complicit in churning out yet should also be deeply ashamed of. Sensational garbage. I liked it all.
Why do I refrain from using the popular social media websites? Here lies reason number one. It is a worthless nuisance, an incessant droning on about nothing by people I used to have stronger connections with. Avatars just talking to other avatars, with no constructive, meaningful outcome—in the real world or online. After that, all you have left is the desperate attempts by mostly commercial entities to make you feel inadequate unless you “get involved” with whatever bullshit they are peddling this week.
After a certain point the novelty wore off, and I’ve been hoping for years now that these fads will finally go the fuck away.
So I [finally, for the first time in my life] got on a plane and visited Chicago this weekend, had a long-time-coming Best Friends Gang reunion with Bill and Katie, did all of the things and had a blast while doing ‘em. It was unlike any place I have lived or visited before, and I can’t wait to go back.