Tonight I did something I’ve never done before on social media, I lost it and went off on a rant. I’m so tired of the selective memory and selective outrage from everyone about everything. And I’m afraid that is what the social engineers are hoping for in order to further divide and tear down our society. I fear the damage is already done and we are on the edge of the collapse of American culture.
For years we have been pitted against one another, black on white on brown on red on yellow … male v female, old v young, haves v have-nots, Republicans v Democrats, Atheists v Christian, Muslim v Christian, everyone v Christian. Christian v Christian. You name it, if you can put a label on it then they are against someone or someone is against them. And we just sat back and let it happen. We as a people were more worried about our comfort, our ease or our entertainment, our statuses, our … mundane crap. We let it happen to us.
Edward Bernays pegged it right in his book “Propaganda“:
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
That’s hard to hear but one only need look at our society these days. Social media has already been caught experimenting with the social media networks so it is not some conspiracy theory or theoretical fantasy. We have all fallen victim of our own personal biases and with the ubiquitous tool of social media we want to proselytize as many other to our way of thinking as we possibly can. Of course each of us believe that we are in the right and that we are the open minded ones… therefore we cannot be wrong.
I feel it may be time to leave social media for an extended sabbatical. I can see that I have been affected by the constant barrage of social network activism from both sides.
The war is upon us.
We have met the enemy
…and he is us.