#AtoZChallengeJamaica S is for Social media’s slippery slope slapping silly and senseless some psychophants and psychologically challenged

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:

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What Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms might have become–Pleasure Domes

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.

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Trolls and their distorted personal viewpoints

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

2 thoughts on “#AtoZChallengeJamaica S is for Social media’s slippery slope slapping silly and senseless some psychophants and psychologically challenged”

  1. Reblogged this on Petchary's Blog and commented:
    Oh dear, oh dear. Social media is a space that, as my fellow blogger Dennis suggests today, we hurtle through at the speed of Starship Enterprise. We really do need to slow down sometimes – although that is the thrill of Twitter, in particular. Slow down? No, sorry, can’t. Perhaps that is why our politicians need to avoid it altogether, until they’ve figured it out.

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