I’ve been thinking a lot about my social media usage lately. Most of my friends are pretty liberal and they share and retweet all the awful, outrageous things that politicians, society and the world does.
I think it’s important that we’re aware of these awful things and that we’re thinking about them but the constant flow of awfulness makes me feel helpless and hopeless. For instance, what can I do about POTUS45 saying that we can’t possibly do anything about the targeted killing of the Khashoggi because there’s too much at stake? On its face, it’s such an awful thought… all a country has to do is spend enough money on tanks and fighter aircraft and they can assassinate people without any sort of response from the US. That’s super ugly and we had the leader of the free world standing up and saying that to all of us, with a straight face.
What can I do about the fact that a lady needing a heart transplant was denied said heart transplant because she didn’t have enough money to afford the medication she’d need after the transplant (link)?
What can I do about the fact that POTUS45 is still trying to use fear to divide and motivate people about the border (link)?
It’s all so depressing and I’m afraid that I’ve been guilty of echoing that awfulness. I do it thinking this is is super important and everybody needs to know about it. I think there’s already enough messaging and my little bit of echo chamber isn’t helping with anything.
With all that in mind, I’m going to try to change my style of social media usage. Instead of being part of the social media outrage machine, I’m going to try to focus on things that I like and enjoy. Things like tattoos, foosball, bicycling, kombucha, coffee, metal music, infosec, coding and memes about those topics. Wish me luck.