I Want to Dump Twitter and Facebook, But Can’t
As a conservative minded person, I have about reached the end of my patience with the necessity and value of social media, in particular Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Those are the only platforms I use with any regularity, and I have curbed my time on them way back over the past year, two years, even three as the noise, hate and intolerance tolerance has become more and more hypocritical.
Why do I remain on Twitter with my 16,700 followers? For one I worked hard to build my following. I have spent the preponderance of my time the last four years connecting with authors and writers working to get published, who have been published, etc. I desired to learn about the industry by also following literary agents I fancied and wanted to learn about before I pitched them my projects. For agents this helped, too, because I could see the more vocal ones about their far-left ideology, ideas I don’t support on a bad day, so how could I possibly have them fronting my book(s) when they see the world 180° opposite of me. I also saw how many I was interested in, too, also had book projects of their own and while on Facebook they spend 90 percent of their time pitching their own book, so if they did agree to rep mine, when the hell, I wondered, would they find time to talk about mine or their other writers?!
I will admit I did this some myself, but I came across another group of writers on Twitter, the kind seeking attaboys daily. “Hey guys! I wrote 5 million words to day on my WOP! Aren’t I wonderful?!? Please validate me, tell me how wonderful I am, Please, Please, PLEASE, someone #amwriting) The please, please, please part is implied, but it is there none the less.
Having written three unique manuscripts now and being in the middle of revision four of the second WOP, I can say without worry that begging for attention on Twitter about how many words you put in order that day doesn’t really mean a damned thing. Do they all advance your story? Do they make sense? Are they germane to your story or did you just throw them in there so you could say at the end of the day you had written 5 million words in one day?
To me, I’ve come to understand there is far more value if I get even one paragraph revised in a day’s time and found sound words, brought to life the passage’s heart, and fought for every single word in each paragraph. Only then have I accomplished something far better than a blitzkrieg to stoke letters onto a page.
Yet if you did a search under #amwriting or #writingcommunity today, you’re certain to find such posts, followed by an “Can I get an Amen?!”
DFWCon and Facebook
The DFW writing conference is coming up in June. They have a special group for registrants and members of the local organization. It’s based in Facebook. This group is helpful from April to the latter part of June.
The Voodoo Hill Explorer Club
My book two is about five missing teens during a blizzard in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, December 1977. They live on an Air Force base and were staying at their treehouse until they attempting to get home in the gale-wind snow. But instead they get lost in the storm and find the shack of a Russian spy who has been tracking the alert forces of B-52, KC-135s, and F-106s on base and reporting this intel to the USSR via shortwave radio. There is a Facebook B-52 group, an I Survived KI Sawyer AFB group, and Fans of SAC group. I have culled these for nostalgia purposes but also to get research to plug in easter eggs that I’ve forgotten since my childhood.
Facebook is also good for seeing photos of family and friends I’ve not seen in many years, even decades.
But even then, it has proven as volatile as the vacuous and malicious anger and hate that is synonymous with the preponderance of the common Twitter user.
This past weekend, two sports organizations bowed to ridiculous pressure to cover up and then remove Kate Smith’s statue from having sung God Bless America because of some situation back in the 1930s.
Say one word in opposition to this on Facebook or Twitter and an avalanche of hate, words like bigotry, and anything else will be thrown at you.
Say you’ve read the Mueller report finding of no collusion, no exoneration of obstruction, (apparently James Comey is the only legal expert who can do that) and you are told to shut up. The anger and madness that CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Rep. Adam Shitf from California, and Jerry Nadler have promised was there, along with John Brennan and James Clapper spent almost day-in-day out telling us was thee has flopped. But those named about refuse to accept that.
I don’t watch TV news anymore and haven’t paid a dollar a day for 20-sheets of newsprint in almost $10 years when 20-pages of nothing went to a $1 a day. And then paywalls came about and why would I pay money for news organizations that are in cahoots with the Democrats?
I think somewhere in my archives I wrote about what would happen when citizen journalism became the thing. There is no such thing as news reporters any longer. Reporters take sides now adays. They don’t hide it either. Maybe I should go sit and audit some journalism classes around DFW to see exactly what’s being taught and what isn’t. But it seems that more and more reporters are relying on news sourcing from Twitter.
Even Fox News, where one of the producers has a hard on to bury Taylor Swift, she can release a new song, or make a statement, endorsement, post something on Instagram, and Fox will pull Twitter posts from people with 25 followers, which means they have as much influence as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s cows farting do on climate change, and they headline the story, “Taylor Swift Fans Aren’t Happy with XXXXX.”
In the beginning, Twitter was a pleasant place to hang out. I remember when Sully landed on the Hudson and it took 20-30 minutes for the networks to get helicopters and anchors in place to go on air. Meanwhile the world could watch on Twitter as things were happening and from up close as people streamed their rescue.
When AG William Barr held his news conference last week to explain the Mueller report before its release, I watched the event from Twitter. Don’t waste my money on cable anymore. Wifi and an Apple TV with Apps is all I need.
So admittedly, Twitter and Facebook have their uses for me. I need them, but only in small quantities. Twitter has run rampant with outrageously stupid left-wingers. Dan Rather was talking about following the Rule of Law the other night and a crowd of lefties were chiming in right behind him about the need for impeachment for not having committed a crime. Not that a damned one of them understand what’s coming down the pike as far as the real investigation into the spying on the Trump campaign by members of the Big Five; American allies, at the behest of the American IC community that President Trump has been scolded for not believing.
When that door is opened by General Barr, maybe so many loonie left heads will pop and mental homes will fill to capacity and those who have sent nasty gram after nasty gram on Twitter these past many years will finally be given a set of Crayons to draw pictures.
In the meantime, for the most part, Twitter and Facebook have become liberal wastelands of anger, hate, and deceit. I am so close to closing my accounts and shielding myself further from the stupid that is so prevalent in that medium. So very close.