“I am the danger, I am the one who knocks.” Thank you
This might sting but it needs to be said. If you are one of those people who is complaining about social, political, financial or sexual disparity and you are using Facebook or Instagram then you are the problem. You are endorsing brands that are owned by billionaires, run my multi-millionaires and who just got caught lying to
Still on the fence? How about a timeline of Facebook Controversies. And this is just recent history. In addition, by posting to these networks you are endorsing every single brand in my feed. You want me to see your work? Great, now tell me why you are endorsing all the products I’m seeing? Tell me how you are okay with the absolute blizzard of commercialism you are supporting by using these networks.
Now, time for the excuse parade. “Well, I need it to promote.” “My agent told me I have to be on there.” “I don’t take it that seriously.” “I only use it for one thing.” “How else can I get exposure?” “You just don’t understand it Milnor.” SAVE IT, people. I’ve heard it all before and it’s all bullshit. We are all total hypocrites, and the people who own and run these networks know it all too well. They know how weak we are. They know how needy we are, and they are the most masterful exploiters of our weaknesses the world has ever seen.
You notice I’m using “we.” That’s right. I’m a parasite. A scourge sent to Earth to ultimately aid in the destruction of our species and our planet. I’ve felt this way since high school because I don’t know any other way to look at the equation honestly and not come away with the same conclusion. I purchased and burned tens of thousands of gallons of fossil fuel. I’ve purchased clothing manufactured in what I’m guessing are horrible conditions. I’ve purchased computers and phones made by modern day slave labor. I’ve eaten farmed food. Hell, I used TO PLAY WITH LIQUID MERCURY WITH NO GLOVES. WE THOUGHT IT WAS COOL AND PROBABLY GOT RID OF IT BY POURING IT IN THE STORM DRAIN.
People will read this post and will respond in all kinds of ways. People will try to laugh it off, ask me if I’m depressed(far from it) or just play it off as misguided. Precisely what the networks know we will do. This is not the first time I’ve pointed out the hypocrisy related to social networks. I’ve had plenty of hate mail, nasty messages and I’ve been called every name in the book by creatives who have bought into social regardless of the facts. The lure of the like is just too strong for most of us, and many of us find ourselves in the situation of feeling trapped. “What other options do I have?” Just what the networks want.
Do you ever wonder how you got here? How you got feeling trapped? How many decisions, or poor decisions, landed you where you are? I do. Every single day. I don’t like seeing talented, creative, driven people having to engage with this clearly flawed system.
Now, to bring this turbulent reality up a notch, I like to think about solutions while admitting I don’t often have many. But, I look at this FB/IG takeover, and the lunacy it has inspired, and I wonder what the end game is. I’ve already told you my belief that I’m a Terminator, so will I delete my account? No. I haven’t used FB in years, and never will again, but I’m still on IG. Sure, this was a move to help my employer, but that doesn’t make it right. But I’m also not trying to tell you I’m something I’m not. I’m not trying to sell you something. All I’m saying is “I am the danger.”
There will come a time in the near future when I will disappear from radar. Now, don’t go thinking Uncle Dan is going to do something bad. Not by a long shot. I look at disappearing as perhaps the most important thing I can do. I think maybe, just maybe, at that point I will be able to find clarity and maybe, just maybe find a solution to all this. Until then take a good look at your social reality and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.