So I made a Facebook page, not for me, mind you, but as part of my "web presence" for my Neuraxiom.com project. It turns out if you make and publish a website, you need to have another "web presence" to elongate, fulfil and enhance your actual website. It's kind of like a Billboard for a Bricks and Mortar store. The problem is mostly that it's a billboard on a block that had 1.2 million other billboards, so some of the basic desirable characteristics of a billboard are lost in translation.
Another analogy for Facebook are those "little nickle" want ad newspapers that have a few personal ads stuffed in between a vast number of cheapo ads for everything under the sun.
So part of having a usable Facebook page is thoughtful, vicious filtering of what you see. If you don't want to spend your life paging through full length transcripts of the contents of everything that has ever been written or synthesized from writing, you must filter out way over 99% of what's out there.
The problem that I'm focused on is dealing with what's left. Just like some people have trouble filtering and of their thoughts from becoming their spoken words, there are people who can't keep from posting them on a Facebook page, or any other social media site.
When I started out on Facebook, I tried to only post what I thought would be interesting to other people. In other words, If I thought that I was the only person I was targeting as my audience, why would I want to post something? Really?
The other concern I have is the people who will post something only if they think it will inflame, provoke or insult someone else. This is the internet equivalent of the sunshine, the lens, and the anthill. Sometimes they show up as trolls and other times, I'm convinced. they just post to piss people off. Their thoughts might masquerade as opinions, but they're just extensions of personal problems, biases and hatreds. Maybe that's the point of social media, but it's a showcase and window on the worst thoughts and convictions a person can be infected with.
You might think that this is another example of what I'm complaining about, and to a degree, you're correct, except that this is pretty vague compared to what I'm thinking of. You 'd see the difference pretty quickly if I wrote the other way.
Enough, let's see. I promised 7 reasons to follow the crap suggestions on the internet.
- I'm sure the suggestions are well researched and thought through. How else would they get on the internet?
- They write on the internet because they have your best interest in mind.
- They follow their own advice. Why else would they publish it?
- Why go to the trouble of using your own mind? They've done the work of thinking for you.
- You can always trust someone who spread a single, short point over 15 sequential internet pages loaded with bad-width strangling ads.
- The extensive bibliographies at the end of articles let you do your own fact-checking.
- It's maybe the only way you'll learn that P.T. Barnum was basically right but was way off on his numbers.
The old saying about what everyone has besides opinions is not only true, but still very appropriate.
Ok, your turn.