My Way or the Highway

 

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Let me instruct you patiently how and what to think. You need to be instructed in how to use your own words, because words are weapons and may cause damage to another person. I’ll teach you why everything you believe is wrong and that only those that have the correct opinion, should be allowed to speak on any topic. We may disagree on the details, but I’ll work with you to make sure you understand that those details are generally unimportant and that facts that may dispute my opinion are only from those people that have a toxic agenda towards me and my fellow believers.

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No One Forces Anyone To Be On Social Media

 

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Ever notice, if you’re on Twitter, how much people complain about Twitter? I do, but in the context of it being biased. I’m lucky (so far) that I’ve never been suspended, or sent to the corner or whatever the penalties for saying something that may be offensive to someone are, but I try not to spend too much of my time there. Others seem to be tied to the platform from the time they wake up until they go to sleep. It reminds me of another social media platform, Facebook. I used to work with some people that would come into work daily, and the first thing they would do every morning is log into Facebook. Yes, even before they checked their work email.

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Respecting One Another’s Ideas

 

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Occasionally, I find myself in an interesting dialogue on Twitter. Yes, that’s right, Twitter. As much as I tend to knock the platform, there are a few times when I may have interesting interactions with others. There are a lot of good people out there, the problem is to find those that want to have a reasoned conversation – as much as any may call it on Twitter – and that dialogue ends up being productive. No derogatory language used, just simple discussion, on some very complex ideas. There are even solutions proposed and debated, all in the same sense that everyone in the conversation has an opinion, and each person has an equal opportunity to express theirs.

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Was The Social Media Summit a Bust?

 

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I’ve been waiting for a while to see reaction from some attendees of the White House Social Media Summit, which received a lot of fanfare (positive and negative) before it occurred  and any commentary on any. outcomes from the event. I looked especially to two individuals, Tim Pool and Will Chamberlain, both who have spoken about the perceived bias in social media platforms, to have something definitive to say about what they thought about the day. I can sum both up I believe correctly by stating, not much came out of it.

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Twitter Just Shadow-Banned My Friend. Yes, I’m Angry.

 

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After this recent post, I was perusing my Twitter account and came across something I found to be imponderable. Someone I’ve been following for quite a while now has been suddenly shadow-banned by the platform. For those that may be unaware of what shadow-banning constitutes, it is simply that those that do not follow you will ever see your tweets, and you may not be found by another user when using the search function. That’s essentially silencing a person.  This is a person I actually consider a friend, and not just on Twitter, we’ve actually spoken together. It’s disturbing to me and I wonder if this is not a step in the new rules Twitter is implementing as I wrote about in that post.

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