Tuesday was a real eye opener as I followed the Bell Lets Talk hashtag. Use of the internet is constantly being redefined as new factors push boundaries. Our data being shared as new technologies evolve new uses for our marketing id number. Oh didn’t you know, as cloud infrastructure expands, in corporate databases, Google and Microsoft and Facebook, all the big players have a marketing id number attached to us to share. So… what does this have to do with mental health? If you don’t know, like many of us, you need to do some soul searching because…
What I found Tuesday was a substantial amount more political posting than anything to do with mental health. Do we live in a society where we are cranking out more poly-sci majors than social workers? IDK but I do care. The people who were concerned about the minds of others were more sincere than ever as well as knowledgeable. However the political party machines seemed less concerned than ever. They want votes and if that means ignoring our needs then they promise to throw us a bone and leave us alone. Once elected campaign promises are answered by “Sorry, K Street calling, gotta take this. Bye bye now.”
So, why bother?
In case you haven’t noticed, social media is becoming the new form of door knocking.
Back in the day, before web pages and social media feeds, there used to come knocks at the door during dinner and prime time television. The Jehovah’s Witness. “Check out this amazing new vacuum cleaner.” “Need an alarm?” “Let me tell you about my candidate.”
Apparently posting nonsense on social media is a lot easier than having a door slammed in your face. Well at least I don’t have to hide under the table anymore. WTF, another knock?
As I type this and as you read it, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) results are being scrutinized. Candidates are adding their spin, then trying to manipulate results. Minutia travels down hill where people who know nothing but talking points add their spin all to be delivered into your social media feeds. At the head of the table, a candidate with a steady flow of … “Non-truths” to dole out, welcome to the 2020 election.
Trump had already over a million followers on Twitter before he ever ran. He now has over 71 million. The White House around 17 million, POTUS around 28 Million and Barrack Obama, he’s somewhere over 112 Million. I find Obama’s message to be mostly positive, though in all fairness, he’s not running for office this time around. The key thing overlooked is that Trump had more than 10X what most Senators & Congressman (and women) have now before he ever ran. For the past 3 + years, opposition has been trying to drown them out as Trump sticks to what he said on the campaign trail more than any politician I’ve ever seen. I’m not siding with him, but if you can’t see the truth in that, then you haven’t been paying attention.
So, as the 2020 election nears, don’t believe everything you hear. Try actually listening to the candidates themselves. Search for facts. Quest for truth. Because 99% of what you’re about to see & hear is bullshit. Okay?
And please, please, please do us all a favor. Look out for your friends.