Taking Back Social Streams


There's a disturbing trend online fueled by social networks.

Places like Facebook for example, which make it easy to see the posts of a few people who think like you and agree with you. They give you the illusion that anyone who thinks differently is evil without giving you the benefit of new context, especially if you don't take the time to read up on the issues.

Life is not black and white. It's a bit more complicated than that.

Information being available is not the same as you being informed or letting data and facts inform your thinking. Because I see evidence that there is less critical thinking in social streams than even a couple of years ago.

People don't converse: they comment. Big difference.

There are bullshitters in every category, and we should call the BS out. And before you jump up and down my throat, be aware that “bullshit” doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong—it is that the practitioners of bullshit are more interested in getting their way by impressing each other*.

Like the sad displays of judgment I've come across on Twitter.

Conversation is the white space, the place where people turn together to deliberate, and weigh out, to suspend judgment (listening without resistance), explore the underlying causes, rules, and assumptions to get to deeper questions and framing of problems, and to generative dialogue that invents unprecedented possibilities and new insights, producing collective flow.

Bullshit is used to conceal, to impress or to coerce. Unlike liars, bullshitters have no use for the truth. All that matters to them is hiding their ignorance or bringing about their own benefit*. The product of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

What I see in social networks is the exact opposite of critical thinking. I propose there is a better way to connection than amassing friends who agree with us.

At the time of birth, we have the same potential as Leonardo da Vinci.

Let's lean into our human potential. Leave every place we visit in a better condition than we found it. 

Let's take our streams back.

We can start in small steps. I like Ike Pigott's advice: Why don't you read it first? Before you decide to disagree with it.


* Ian Bogos, Gamification is Bullshit

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