We’re often led to believe that adults should show children the way, but in the age of social media it may be that adults need lessons from the children–and mistakes they make.
We’ve seen recently what some call the allure of social media on politicians–its magnetism is partly the prospect of immediate disclosure and sharing of thoughts to a world that is almost limitless. Who actually reads or listens or watches is not always known, but a ready audience in there to consume. Sweet populism!
I won’t get into psychobabble about dopamine, but much has been written about the psychological pull of social media.
I’m sure Coleridge had no notions of social media when he wrote Kubla Khan:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree
Let me work with the idea I’ve had for ages that some people seem to think social media is ‘out of this world’: it’s a warp-speed space, where actions are taken swiftly and human behaviours often defy Earthly norms. Look around at its use: it seems clear, even by politicians who seemingly have high intelligence.
Perhaps that simple postulation explains some of the tweeting in Jamaica about #MyPersonalView. Some people think that social media is a dumping ground for personal views, unbounded–little thought for basis or consequence. He or she who thinks that has started on a slippery slope, where reason has been left behind. Trolls are but one of the savage beasts lurking there.