Social Media. Tyranny. And the Genius of the Crowd

‘Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance’
Albert Maysles


Second on a short list of phrases that have coerced me into a lazy belief in Divinity has been the ‘genius of the crowd’. While crowds have always been dangerous, they still cannot compete with the finality of police brutality, reigning supreme atop my list forth the thirty-fourth year in a row. Moving forward, imagine throngs of faceless incurious armchair activists prepared to rush forward to unmitigated conclusions without pause for reflection or a deconstruction of context, in order to be offended on behalf of others. The untrained eye might confuse this as a vehement advocacy or an aggressive social justice. Yet nevertheless, virulent condemnation without regards to either nuance or context has always amounted to tyranny.

Those best at intolerance not only preach tolerance, but they implore others to assume it as a cause. Is there a difference between a sanctimonious online mob viscerally reacting (quite aggressively) to whatever brings them out of the safety of their comfort zone and activists using the internet as a means for message advocating certain social reform?

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The Top 3 Things Social Media Readers will be off put by if They can Think Critically (1)

The critical importance of honest journalism and a free flowing, respectful national conversation
needs to be had in our country. But it is being buried as collateral damage in a war whose battles include
political correctness and ideological orthodoxy.
~ Juan Williams

As a child born in an era before the Internet, I remember it  being touted as the thing that would cut across cultural, ideological and socio-political boundaries by virtue of bringing people from distinct geographical, and ideological climes into close interaction. While that has indubitably happened, the Internet still bears the mark of its creators. There exist the rarely-acknowledged recesses of the internet: the dark or deep  internet where specific software configurations along with specialized authorization gain one entry into a bevy of illegal activities like illegal drug trading and ethically-disputed pornography to name a few. Furthermore, the ubiquitous access to pornography, attention given to celebrity, and finally the polarizing often time jingoistic, sensationalist coverage of the daily news which aims to excite, instead of encouraging discourse – offers an honest reflection to contrast the thoroughly civilized rational beings we believe ourselves to be.  At the same time, there is a growing trend among popular online social media outlets which  is cause for major concern.

In short, I give you:

The Top 3 Things Readers will be off put by if They can Think Critically (1)

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