I see dead “1’s” and “0’s”…

Today’s prompt:  The future of online activism…

With the prevalence of a plethora of social media sites, in every niche of cyberspace…always trying to “one-up” the other…adding this and that and stupid blinky thingies coupled with tickers that begat frustration…

Where do I see the future of online activism?

Honestly?

I think there will be a mass shift into the….uh….well….”reality”.  You know, getting OUT there and being seen…in public…like…for REAL.  Not a pseudonym.  Not an avatar.  Most certainly not the faceless shadow when you can’t find a suitable photo for online media…

Right now…social media has catapulted my own activism into Warp speed.  Mock 9.  Top Gun kinda shit.  I forsee that ability to continue well into the next year.

Afterwards?  How will *I* feel about social media?  What will make MY social media usage better than that of countless of millions of other health activists…with more and more people reaching out on each and every new form of cybersphere…I swear to gawds I feel like I’m living in my own version of “Health Activist SIMS”.

At what point are you spread out on SO many social media sites/forums/web/pages/groups/clubs that you’ve suddenly spread yourself so thin there’s no concise ability for you to keep track of your own progress!?!?  Already?  I’m on a handful of social media places like Facebook, Twitter, Google…etc, etc…THEN, I’m also following a plethora of people doing the same thing, sharing the same interest.  THEN, you have to add in the factor that I’ve multiple afflictions, so multiply that factor by the factors previously listed.

At what point does it…will it?…become stagnant?  There you just went into the hyperdrive of health activism…posting once, twice, thrice…well…eleventy billion times?  And that gives you how much time left over to actually continue to research?  To Google!?!?!?  Won’t SOMEONE think of the Google?!?!?

Everything is getting bigger…faster…easier?…multiplied…added…+1’d…

So much information thrown at you, your PC (or Mac), your netbook, your tablet…your friggin’ mobile phone…

One of the biggest pieces of advice regarding the internet has always been to double, triple, quadruple check the stuff you find.  The internet has no “safety” net, and any Joe Blow can post that he alone possesses the cure for Lupus.

Dude…if you’re “on” the internet…aren’t people going to have to do the same thing to your information??  Suddenly you just became part of that dead space of cybermess that just kind of floats about…and the market just became oversaturated…

Instead of watching things get bigger and faster…I’m rather hoping the future of online social media will get more “real”.  Not sure exactly how I think that will happen, but I sure as shit would love to see the technical ability to put a “verified” (that little checkmark thingy) sign at the end of a link, post, hell…even at the end of a sentence…that would tell readers that there has already been some double-check done to ensure the information they’ve struggled to find through all of that dead space is, indeed, very much “alive.”

Yes, I would very much like to have an App for that.  😉

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://info.wegohealth.com/NHBPM

2 responses to “I see dead “1’s” and “0’s”…

  1. Consider this your checkmark for this post…

  2. That check mark thing is definitely a fabulous idea. Right now getting information out to friends and family who know your postings and that you take the time is informing them and it will grow from there. Having been through the gamut of researching into GAD and gluten intolerance I know the mouse maze that is out there. I will admit years ago I could never find stuff by googling but now there seems to be, either I actually now know how to search or, a trend twards the better information finding their way to the top of the search. It honestly may happen where the cyber media is close to paper media in it’s requirement to be as accurate as the data can be from an opinion or social bias. The internet is a powerful tool that we need to make work for us in our activism for sure.

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