THE SHARK THAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA

The ideological struggle of 2016 is the battle of 2017 Philosophy provides the cornerstone in understanding our humanity; why we do the things we do, perceive the way we perceive and ultimately figure out what our purpose in life. 
By Joseph Quinones
As our world progresses with evolving technology and a hard drive for efficiency and competition, we often lose sight often lose sight of the multi-faceted nature of these answers, of the truth. We are funnelled down the rabbit hole which is our screens.
Our moral compasses are unknowingly tested by our screens as we fall into ideological traps which use pitiable figureheads to garner our outrage and support; stories of horrible atrocities, texts of cheating husbands and appeals for change (often radical).
Indoctrination is the key word here, because it is while we are surfing the web, that we become vulnerable fodder for agenda-driven sharks.
The monopoly social media has on our lives provides us with exhausting politics which fill our mundane hours constantly presenting us with an echo chamber of The monopoly social media has on our lives provides us with exhausting politics which fill our mundane hours constantly presenting us with an echo chamber of single-mindedness pushing a single agenda- one that promotes liberal values. Whilst noble, the lack of criticism on these liberal values conflicts with any notion of peer review, as opposition is often met with petty name calling or appropriately named, identity politics.
single-mindedness pushing a single agenda- one that promotes liberal values. Whilst noble, the lack of criticism on these liberal values conflicts with any notion of peer review, as opposition is often met with petty name calling or appropriately named, identity politics.
The dangers of social media become apparent as just as easily as we can feel good from a like, there is the same capacity for individuals to become enveloped by an echo chamber of like-minded people whose stories and ideas we might unwittingly trust because it fits with our values. Hence, this doesn’t allow us as individuals to be challenged by different ideas – we follow the crowd as long as they use the correct buzz words with which we associate with, no matter the cost or the logistics. We so willingly dive into deep water without as much as a second thought.
This is why we should have some concerns for future generations. To the vulnerable and young minds, spoken words from authority figures become truth or a statement of significant consideration.
This becomes even more confusing against the backdrop of an already saturated market of liberal idea and opposition shaming shared by friends and, thus cornering said minds into adopting particular stances on very particular issues. There needs to be a call for realism and logic – a call for thought processes which break down issues for what they are, not what others think they should be.
Hence why the sharks have already devoured outliers of the youth of today. Kids are more likely to believe in stories about Santa or the Easter Bunny and often, their minds will rationalize the impossible to follow suit because their parental figures have reinforced this superstitious thinking. They haven’t been taught to think otherwise. Likewise, give a child the idea that they are part of an oppressed class and they will rationalize this idea until an authoritative figure has challenged them.
Much like the movie Inception, an idea once planted is ripples in the actions of the individual hence why activism has become a major part of youth culture today and also why it has become increasingly outrageous.: Teenage social justice warriors who scream and shout (and caps lock) at the mere suggestion of dissent, the spread of radical feminism amongst young women and men who are told to ‘join otherwise they are against women’s rights’ and the alarming increase of casual racism against ‘white people’ for historical reasons - as if something as shallow as skin colour can define a culture of people.
The hypocrisy runs rampant. Kids will be kids, but their naivety oozes of hatred under the guise of kindness and compassion – they want what others have and see themselves as ‘oppressed’ in order to fit the narrative that they deserve to be better than others despite
differences in effort and productive ability.
It’s a classic case of ‘us against them’, the heroes and the villains.
This becomes more blatantly obvious in aftermath of the US election. As media and news networks continued to pummel and twist the words of Donald Trump, attacking his character as opposed to his policies, and painting the picture of the hero versus the villain. Utilizing the strained time of individuals to their advantage, the media coerced many into believing their narrative, and many more into finding alternative news sources. In winning his election, many
were provoked many onto social media to immediately run their rationalization hamster wheel. Their answers to the outcome of the election ranged from the laughable excuse of racism to the outright unthinkable claim that ‘democracy has failed’. As news followed suit, we began to see a rise in Despite these grim outlooks, there is hope. Social media has also become the forefront of the alternative news sources, challenging the quality, validity and biases of major news corporations. In this, we may find some solace for future independent thinkers to consider. Additionally, the increasing ridiculousness of these ideologies are increasing concerns amongst the general public as their rallies and demonstrations push the boundaries of societal norms to do little more than project their own insecurities. One such example is the ‘slut walks’, a protest in which women wear little clothing to promote the idea that we live in a rape culture, one which glorifies the objectification of women. They walk in public areas, ironclad in solidarity, wearing their underwear or
seemingly littered pieces of fabric, in order to fight against the patriarchy and oppose any man who sees a woman as sexual beings!
Oh, the irony hurts sometimes.
Ultimately, I challenge you all to be free and independent thinkers
– independent from social media yet free to accept and reject the many ideas that come your way using facts and logic. It is time we swim away from these sharks and escape the ideological tides. It is only then, that we can enjoy the ocean of ideas and confront the truth. 

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