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This is a dig¬≠i¬≠tal tox¬≠i¬≠col¬≠o¬≠gist report, and I‚Äôm the tox¬≠i¬≠col¬≠o¬≠gist. The source of tox¬≠i¬≠c¬≠i¬≠ty in our known web ecosys¬≠tem is anti-social media (anti-cul¬≠ture). It‚Äôs known, but invis¬≠i¬≠ble. It‚Äôs been talked about, prompt¬≠ly ignored. push noti¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠tions are on yet inten¬≠tion¬≠al¬≠ly blocked. There are blogs, vlogs, arti¬≠cles, books, and even this Net¬≠flix show. Still nobody seems to actu¬≠al¬≠ly care, get pissed, indig¬≠nant, incred¬≠u¬≠lous enough to for¬≠mu¬≠late a wor¬≠thy response. It‚Äôs like telling every¬≠body in the Matrix that they‚Äôre in a VR sim¬≠u¬≠la¬≠tion prison and they‚Äôre won¬≠der¬≠ing what design¬≠er drugs you‚Äôre cur¬≠rent¬≠ly on.

The symp¬≠toms are every¬≠where : ram¬≠pant nar¬≠cis¬≠sism, depres¬≠sion, anx¬≠i¬≠ety, ADHD, and oth¬≠er emo dis¬≠or¬≠ders poten¬≠tial¬≠ly. This often gets mocked until shit gets real (and even then, not much). When it caus¬≠es peo¬≠ple to want to kill oth¬≠ers for the slight¬≠est of infrac¬≠tions (insults, bul¬≠ly¬≠ing, shit said on the inter¬≠net, etc.). any¬≠body with half a shred of decen¬≠cy and a brain cell or three knows damned well you address the source, not the symp¬≠toms. Also, these things will not mag¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly self-cor¬≠rect them¬≠selves, they‚Äôll sim¬≠ply wors¬≠en bit by bit, day by day. This does affect us, all of us, every¬≠body who spends time exist¬≠ing online somewhere.

I know who the archi¬≠tect is, the big tech oli¬≠garchs like the august douchebag him¬≠self : Mark Zuckerb0rg. Who made you his prod¬≠uct even to this day. And still likes to think of you as his dirty lit¬≠tle slut. That‚Äôs b/‚Äčc you are one if you‚Äôre on his plat¬≠form, mak¬≠ing him rich¬≠er as he makes you stu¬≠pid¬≠er for being on it. It‚Äôs real stu¬≠pid sim¬≠ple : garbage in, garbage out. A pro¬≠gram¬≠mer‚Äôs catch phrase, but in this con¬≠text Face¬≠book deposits garbage into you and you, in kind spread that same trash, viral¬≠ly mar¬≠ket¬≠ing their crap for them. Con¬≠tent that‚Äôs nei¬≠ther ver¬≠i¬≠fied, vet¬≠ted, or val¬≠i¬≠dat¬≠ed. Makes car¬≠tel drug deal¬≠ers look legit.

I‚Äôm not here to judge you/‚Äčothers about face¬≠book usage or FB itself. This is about the psy¬≠cho¬≠log¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly dam¬≠ag¬≠ing side-effects of anti-soc media that‚Äôs been well doc¬≠u¬≠ment¬≠ed thus far. Its effects on aver¬≠age per¬≠sons and even above aver¬≠age, and what about future effects ? There‚Äôs a com¬≠mon¬≠ly known array of symp¬≠toms : ram¬≠pant nar¬≠cis¬≠sism, anx¬≠i¬≠ety dis¬≠or¬≠der, atten¬≠tion deficit dis¬≠or¬≠der, apa¬≠thy, depres¬≠sion, and social media com¬≠par¬≠i¬≠son. The list goes on and on. Peo¬≠ple become stu¬≠pid¬≠er from long-term expo¬≠sure. They lack the skills, dis¬≠ci¬≠pline, knowl¬≠edge, and expe¬≠ri¬≠ence to fil¬≠ter, ignore, to mit¬≠i¬≠gate. Indeed even their own behav¬≠iors, reac¬≠tions, and respons¬≠es are shaped by anti-social media. Some¬≠body emo¬≠tion¬≠al¬≠ly hurts them and they lash out, they become embit¬≠tered, angry, upset, venge¬≠ful, and dark. We could blame cyborgs like Zucker¬≠berg all you want but he‚Äôs actu¬≠al¬≠ly not forc¬≠ing you to be his per¬≠son¬≠al wit¬≠less slave (one whom he‚Äôs quot¬≠ed call¬≠ing a dumbf*ck before). At some point, we have to assign blame to our¬≠selves for cre¬≠at¬≠ing a psy¬≠cho¬≠log¬≠i¬≠cal depen¬≠den¬≠cy on a plat¬≠form full of strangers who nei¬≠ther know us (the real us) per¬≠haps nev¬≠er will nor you them.

I stat¬≠ed the obvi¬≠ous here because it bears repeat¬≠ing, and I‚Äôm aware of the apathy/‚Äčindifference. Who cares ? Nobody can do any¬≠thing, nobody wants to. The where¬≠with¬≠al does¬≠n‚Äôt exist. Main¬≠ly b/‚Äčc like cig¬≠a¬≠rettes these mod¬≠els of dig¬≠i¬≠tal enslave¬≠ment touch the plea¬≠sure recep¬≠tors of our own brains. Yet what I did¬≠n‚Äôt state here yet were oth¬≠er adverse effects. Like wrong/‚Äčgroup think, polit¬≠i¬≠cal cor¬≠rect¬≠ness, fear, intol¬≠er¬≠ance, hatred, and neg¬≠a¬≠tive back¬≠lash. All these things do is negates the indi¬≠vid¬≠ual. It pro¬≠motes the wrong¬≠ful mis¬≠con¬≠cep¬≠tion that the mul¬≠ti¬≠tudes are always right, and the indi¬≠vid¬≠ual is total¬≠ly wrong. Noth¬≠ing could be fur¬≠ther from the truth. How¬≠ev¬≠er wrong an indi¬≠vid¬≠u¬≠al‚Äôs per¬≠cep¬≠tions, thoughts, atti¬≠tudes, and opin¬≠ions are/‚Äčaren‚Äôt is sub¬≠jec¬≠tive. A per¬≠son might dis¬≠agree with me, even offend me but that does¬≠n‚Äôt nec¬≠es¬≠sar¬≠i¬≠ly make them more/‚Äčless correct/‚Äčincorrect than myself. Yet they have the right to be, and should¬≠n‚Äôt be con¬≠demned because of it. What do I care if a bunch of ran¬≠dom, face¬≠less idiots start attack¬≠ing me b/‚Äčc I dis¬≠agreed with them, dissed their opin¬≠ions open¬≠ly, or post¬≠ed some¬≠thing that shat¬≠tered their entire argu¬≠ment ? That‚Äôs what they don‚Äôt want you doing on your own. Indi¬≠vid¬≠u¬≠al¬≠ism is detri¬≠men¬≠tal towards all of these white boy nerd ranch¬≠es. Not to men¬≠tion a dis¬≠dain for any¬≠thing remote¬≠ly intel¬≠lec¬≠tu¬≠al, thought-pro¬≠vok¬≠ing, inspir¬≠ing, pos¬≠i¬≠tive, and con¬≠tra¬≠dic¬≠to¬≠ry towards their anti-culture.

After a while the inter¬≠net gets insane¬≠ly dull and life¬≠less. Sure you can pay your bills, buy movie tick¬≠ets, post a tweet, pho¬≠tos, send emails, argue with fools, post stu¬≠pid things, and share ideas til you‚Äôre blue in the face. but now it‚Äôs become rou¬≠tine and life¬≠less. For instance, why is there still only Face¬≠book and not 20 oth¬≠er com¬≠peti¬≠tors to blow it out of the water ? With the con¬≠tro¬≠ver¬≠sial shit that dying plat¬≠form has gone through, even a crap start¬≠up could of sur¬≠faced and put it out of its mis¬≠ery. It‚Äôs already 2022 and still noth¬≠ing (out¬≠side of Truth Social but that‚Äôs more of a polit¬≠i¬≠cal thing true social). Dur¬≠ing the 1.0 era, peo¬≠ple were more fun. There was¬≠n‚Äôt any fear of putting your¬≠self out there, pop¬≠u¬≠lat¬≠ing the web with home¬≠pages and blogs. They did¬≠n‚Äôt get haters and stalk¬≠ers, trolls, and orcs. Right now ? You get evis¬≠cer¬≠at¬≠ed for post¬≠ing any¬≠thing any¬≠body any¬≠where finds dis¬≠agree¬≠able. Which I per¬≠son¬≠al¬≠ly could care less about. They‚Äôre reac¬≠tive, reac¬≠tionary, and script¬≠ed. It‚Äôs usu¬≠al¬≠ly the ones who don‚Äôt know any¬≠thing but feel like they‚Äôre super smart than the rest of us. Per¬≠haps they grad¬≠u¬≠at¬≠ed from the Uni¬≠ver¬≠si¬≠ty of Pheonix, Online. These intel¬≠lec¬≠tu¬≠al giants are typ¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly the ones who want to get in a heat¬≠ed flame war with you over minu¬≠ti¬≠ae. Per¬≠son¬≠al¬≠ly I often won¬≠der to myself do these peo¬≠ple have jobs ? Do they have lives ? Appar¬≠ent¬≠ly not. Espe¬≠cial¬≠ly if they‚Äôre so intense about some minu¬≠ti¬≠ae. Rule of thumb : if you expend more than 1‚ĀĄ2 a minute try¬≠ing to decrypt their usu¬≠al word sal¬≠ad gib¬≠ber¬≠ish, you‚Äôre wast¬≠ing your life. sure I can go up to peo¬≠ple and tell them some crazy shit and pre¬≠tend that they‚Äôre the crazy ones who are lost lambs, bro¬≠ken and aim¬≠less in life. get them to doubt them¬≠selves, their per¬≠cep¬≠tions of real¬≠i¬≠ty, and their world¬≠view. Replac¬≠ing it entire¬≠ly with my own dog¬≠ma. Pre¬≠cise¬≠ly what they‚Äôre doing, and its work¬≠ing entire¬≠ly too well. Entire¬≠ly too often. It‚Äôs hard to depro¬≠gram that. More dif¬≠fi¬≠cult try¬≠ing to con¬≠vince aver¬≠age peo¬≠ple they‚Äôre in the wrong, how much more when you tell them they‚Äôre wronger than wrong. That they‚Äôre on the side of losers, degen¬≠er¬≠ates, cor¬≠rupt, crim¬≠i¬≠nal¬≠is¬≠tic cultists ? Like pulling teeth with cheap 20 year old pliers.

There won‚Äôt be any mirac¬≠u¬≠lous quick fix¬≠es, no overnight solu¬≠tions. It will require per¬≠son¬≠al sac¬≠ri¬≠fice, uni¬≠ty, fear¬≠less faith, daunt¬≠less deter¬≠mi¬≠na¬≠tion. It does¬≠n‚Äôt need the same tools and weapons our ene¬≠mies employ. For dark¬≠ness does¬≠n‚Äôt negate dark¬≠ness. Ours must be weapons of light b/‚Äčc light shines bright¬≠est when its dark¬≠est out there.
And that‚Äôs the truth right there.

Also I see way too many peo¬≠ple think¬≠ing this is a lost cause, a hope¬≠less defeat, an unend¬≠ing night¬≠mare. That‚Äôs pre¬≠cise¬≠ly what our ene¬≠mies want it to be, for us. When they‚Äôre in your head/‚Äčemotions they win. Get into theirs, there‚Äôs noth¬≠ing in there but cob¬≠webs and fake real¬≠i¬≠ties. Even¬≠tu¬≠al¬≠ly when their lies and decep¬≠tions crum¬≠ble away they are left with noth¬≠ing to show for all of their ‚Äėhard‚Äô work (fruit¬≠less endeavors).

This isn‚Äôt about come come¬≠up¬≠pance, ret¬≠ri¬≠bu¬≠tion, proac¬≠tive retal¬≠i¬≠a¬≠tion. hard for me to say it that they are the blind, igno¬≠rant, and cor¬≠rupt¬≠ed who want to be self¬≠ish, indig¬≠nant lit¬≠tle brat¬≠ty shits. We must not take them seri¬≠ous¬≠ly or as a threat. These cultists are deceived and deceiv¬≠ing oth¬≠ers, emo¬≠tion¬≠al¬≠ly manip¬≠u¬≠la¬≠tive and polit¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly volatile. They can‚Äôt see the dam¬≠age dealt, the harms inflict¬≠ed, the con¬≠se¬≠quences of their crimes. It‚Äôs a God-lev¬≠el prob¬≠lem that needs God at the helm of things. We, indi¬≠vid¬≠u¬≠al¬≠ly can only hope, pray and remain stead¬≠fast in the faith that is ulti¬≠mate¬≠ly ours. The reli¬≠gion of hate, fear, apa¬≠thy, greed, cor¬≠rup¬≠tion, decep¬≠tion and insan¬≠i¬≠ty will destroy itself in the long run.

Some rec¬≠om¬≠mend¬≠ed books for fur¬≠ther research. Arm yourselves :

Bored, Lone­ly, Angry, Stu­pid by by Luke Fer­nan­dez, Susan J Matt. This is a thick book, filled with var­i­ous tes­ti­monies and research which talks about inter­net cul­ture, soc media side effects, real users with real sto­ries. Prob not a real page-turn­er for some, but informative.

10 Rea¬≠sons for Delet¬≠ing Your Social Media Right Now by Jaron Lanier. This author was fea¬≠tured in the Net¬≠flix doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠tary I men¬≠tioned about anti-social media. He seems to know a lot of inti¬≠mate things about it that go on a deep¬≠er lev¬≠el. Easy and good read.

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