Recently I’ve been introduced to the world of Twitter. I know, I know a little late to the game but I always found it to be complicated and confusing with #tags and @ symbols blah blah blah. But I’m slowly integrating myself into the world of it and I have to say I’m slightly torn between “awesome” & “I call BS.”
From a music stand point it’s great. I can follow all kinds of new artist and be introduced to new stuff. I can follow friends and get little sniglets of their daily life. TV shows, Movies you name it. It is slightly more entertaining vs. the drama of Facebook and FML, and booefinhooo I’m having a crappy day. Or the my life is so perfect nothing ever goes wrong. Not that I really need another Social Media Outlet to trap me in cyberspace. Which leads me to my point. (Yes sometimes I get to it.)
I saw this post from a widely known program that is a Network that promotes Food. The tag line was come to Vegas and enjoy real Clam Chowder. Which made me laugh because the last time I looked on the map Vegas was smack dab in the middle of the desert with no access to lets say Haddock, Clams, Shrimp, Lobster, Potatoes or Dairy. In their very next post they had Six Ways To Be Green on St. Patty’s Day. Which is kinda catchy. But what they were promoting was how to be more Environmental.
So I started thinking how ridiculous this was because in one post you are promoting how to transport Chowder ingredients to Vegas and in the next breath you are telling us to be more Earth Friendly. It’s one or the other people. Or is it?
Here is what causes me great concern. Social Media has such a hold in our daily lives. We are bombarded by messages, images, personal opinions almost every moment of our waking hours. There are bandwagon’s out there with no scientific proof that these things actually make a difference. Yet as a society we share, forward, retweet the information that makes us say YES HALLELUJA!!
There is an old saying (and I don’t know exactly how old but I’m kinda getting old and it was told to me growing up) Practice what you preach. It’s like people have social media bipolarity. I want to be more animal conscious but I still buy my meat from the grocery store. I want to be vegan but I eat fish. I love mother earth but I leave my plastic wrapped dog poo on the path. I want to save the Ozone so I drive an electric car. But plug it into my home which burns coal to provide electricity so I’m now using more power than I was before.
I’m all for doing my best to be a good person. To do the right thing even when the right thing doesn’t feel right at the time. Do we actually need an organization called Random Acts to help us do a good thing once a day? I mean Jesus Christ!!!!! What planet did you grow up on that nobody taught you to be a good person?
We actually have so much crap being thrown in our face every day that when we slide or we can’t commit 100% we tend to feel guilty for not pulling through. (Or is that just me being raised as Catholic?) We take pictures of our lives and document our ever so healthy lives but the reality is it’s all bull shit. We all know that we scarf down a candy bar once in a while or eat an ice cream cone. We sit on the couch and have Marathon Sessions of a television program. Maybe we even wear the same jeans two days in a row. But on the exterior of our true selves we promote the fact that I had Flax Seed & humus with stone ground hand-made crackers and worked out for 17 hours of my 24 hour day.
I want real. I want life. The trends, the mind numbing b.s. that is thrown in my direction about what makes me a “good” person vs. “bad” you’re gonna die nobody’s going to give you life insurance, a loan, a job, a car because it’s a crime to pay more than a dime. No more crap can be hammered into this brain. Its MY brain and I want it to do what I want it to do.
I am guilty of these things too! Instead of trying to meet the Social Media expectations I challenge myself and you to start being JUST YOU. What we are getting is hypocrisy at its finest and we are all falling for it. Like mommy always said. You are unique just like everybody else.