Social Media is Creating Cybersociopathic Narcissists
As I sit trying to sift through the sadness I am feeling, I am also livid, disappointed, and envision things on the “Internet” getting a whole lot worse, before it ever (if ever) gets any better. To the family of Robert Godwin Sr. there is not word long enough, or deep enough to share the grief, nor express condolences. We all are saddened that he went before his time, but we are content knowing he is now in the best possible hands, and it does not matter what faith denomination he belongs to. With that said let’s move in depth into the tragedy, the other tragedies social media enables, and why social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many others, don’t care about. Dear cows, it’s not you, it’s the Benjamins.
Cows, in the prior paragraph refers to “the herds” those following one another blindly looking for, but never finding any satisfaction. It is nothing personal, social media companies don’t give a rats ass about you, your family, your friends, where you end up in life. You are just a financial means to an end. Do not expect these tragedies to end. Why should they, they’re only getting started. If we look back to Desert Storm I, that war was televised. “Shock and Awe” and we Americans turned on the TV to see bombs being dropped left and right on Iraq. Countless people died, and none were named Hussein. It was mere propaganda from our country to show our strengths, and new weapons systems. Our country used that stage to showcase the F117 Stealth Fighter, JSTARS, Patriot Missile systems, not to show force, but as Wu Tang said, cash rules everything around me, we used it as a means to commercialize our weapons so that other countries can be as strong as we are. If you think this is fictitious, take note that post Desert Storm, “Patriot systems have been sold to Republic of China (Taiwan), Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Spain. Poland hosts training rotations of a battery of U.S. Patriot launchers.” (source)
Today, social media is allowing for the same “commercialization” of whatever violence and crime anyone wants to put out. Once the violence hits, it is immediately given the boilerplate statements from the companies making money: “we condemn violence and removed the account.” Dear Facebook, I do hope your staff followed a proper chain of command “disabling that account” otherwise you will have hell to pay for tampering with evidence. See the dilemma here? Social media has given rise to what I will label “Cybersociopathic Narcissism.” A “cybersociopathic narcissist,” is an individual who does not differentiate between reality, and “cyber” and acts out based on self obsession that was aided by misguided “emojis” and attention. “They love me, look at that, 1,000 likes!” In the social networks of those “from the streets” this is compounded to: “Imma show you how for real for real I am… Watch this.” There is a platform for hate, crime, and murder, because social media companies allow the platform.
Psychologists have already established some stunning evidence (here. here, here and these are only articles – in which they reference studies). It is easy to see how social media causes depression, anxiety, and a host of other problems, what is not clear is what – if anything – social media companies will do about this growing problem. At current pace, it seems they don’t care, you dear reader, are but a mere financial commodity to these companies. Anything else is carefully crafted bullshit to detract you from an upcoming onslaught of even more tools to depress you, create more angst, and lead to even bigger tragedies. Social media is completely distorting our perception, and many are simply cows following each other to the slaughterhouse.
Rape? Yes, Facebook has had that before. Suicide? Yes Facebook has had that as well. Murder? The case this weekend in Cleveland (Robert Godwin Sr.) is not the first, and it won’t be the last. Social media is becoming a cesspool where too many lines are blurred, and no company is coming to any rescue, save perhaps a pharma company eager to pitch you anti-WHATEVER_THE_HELL_YOU_FEEL medicine. To anyone reading this, take some time to disconnect. Go watch a bird, walk in a park. Enjoy life. This is your only life, right here, right now as you read this. There is no need to capture a “perfect” picture, and you should be cautious about attention. The reality is, when it comes to social media, barely does anyone gives a shit about you when they “like” something. Most do it out randomness, as a means to say “I saw the picture” or, “that was funny/stupid/gross.” Take a quick moment to stop, and ask yourself, even yell out loud: “Hey who likes what I am doing right now.” When people look at you strangely, take note, THIS is reality, not some damn emoji or like button.
Facebook, shame on you, and others for not doing away with “LiveStreaming” and video. Guess it’s more important to keep the cows in line with one another while you count your pennies.