Just got sucked into a Twitter black hole
Phew....that was the longest time I've ever spent tweeting in my life...4 hours! I know there are some who have spent longer than that, and some who do it every single day. How's that working out for you.
I started in the morning when I saw @theycallmedan's call-to-action for Hive promo on Jack Dorsey's announcement of a blockchain based social media solution to fix everything wrong with Twitter.....OK?
I really like that Dan picked up on this. Forget about pitching this to Jack, this post generated a discussion to talk about alternatives and we are the best one out there. This is where we raise awareness of Hive. And so I posted my reply, and then made a few more comments.
One of my comments got a lot of attention. It was in reply to a guy who said something along the lines of "If Trump needs to be held accountable for what he encourage, what about all the people on the left who have encouraged violence". And I said something along the lines of "I'm someone who generally leans more left, and I totally agree, it's all one sided because that divides us and keeps us distracted fighting against each other.
Ah here it is:
Most of the comments were people on the right talking shit about the left and people on the left talking shit about the right.
It was my first time getting so many damn likes and retweets and I have to say, the dopamine rush was real! It's not like the likes in themselves were validating for me, I'm not that insecure. What felt good was the opportunity to actually reach people and have an influence on the discussion.
And so I spent the afternoon tweeting away...and I kept getting notifications of new likes...all for the same posts. The rest of my posts and comments got nothing....
So this is what it's like?
Funny how the post where it was easy to shit talk went trending and all the positive and nice things I tweeted got NOTHING.
The algorithms along with sensational mainstream media ("left" and "right") have torn people apart and got them hating each other. And it's got us all shouting into a vacuum, our political beliefs, without actually changing or affecting anything. It's not as if these people are coming up to solutions to problems...they're all asking Elon Musk to save them.
I'm not judging! I’m not even saying Twitter is all bad. I’m just saying we lost to the algorithms. We weren’t strong enough.
It's all just human nature. Disempower people and they will beg for someone to save them. Make it feel like they have no power over the world and they will jump at the chance to reach a few hundred people, even if it's all an illusion.
It's a funny thing. I really respect Jack Dorsey. He seems to be one of the most honest and decent CEO's out there. I don't understand why Twitter is what it is. It really looks as if he is trying to steer a ship that has already crashed....trying to damage control when most of the damage has already been done. I don't think he wants to stop freedom of speech. I think he is being pressured to try and find a middle ground and there is no middle ground, because the middle ground has been destroyed and Twitter is one of the main culprits.
Anyway, this week has been whiplash jumping between duality and non-duality but I’m good. I may have actually reached 2-3 people but it’s not worth the headache for such a small impact. I’d rather for relationships and communities with people that are more about what we believe in than what we are against.
That’s why I’m here