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Tuesday Morning Ramblings – 9/10/2019

It’s becoming more and more difficult for me to get on social media these days. The constant flow of hate from Republicans and Democrats is overwhelming.

I can’t understand why anyone would want to spend so much time scouring Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed for something to be angry about. And vice versa. Conservatives are equally guilty of looking for the slightest little injustice to feed their daily outrage.

We are steadily marching towards civil war. Both sides have so dehumanized the other that it’s no wonder we have a fairly regular stream of mass shootings. All of the hateful memes and snarky posts and bellyaching commentaries about every single perceived injustice move us closer and closer to all out bloodshed.

I’m powerless to stop it. I’m one small voice in the wilderness, insignificant compared to the perpetual surge of hate that flows from social media each minute. All I know is that more hate will not defeat hate. Deeper darkness will not brighten the world. Only love and light can.

I know this blog entry will only reach a small amount of people. Those who engage with it will be far too few to make any difference in the coming storm, but those of you who do read it, I implore you to prepare what is coming. We as human beings cannot lose the good we have, the lofty ideals that we aspire to. Democracy, free markets, self-determination, free speech, free thought, the scientific method, personal accountability, empathy, competition, and cooperation, these concepts are what make us great, not the hate and vitriol of social media.

That’s all for now.

Tuesday Evening Ramblings

Okay, I recognize and acknowledge the importance of Twitter in today’s new media.  I recognize and acknowledge the importance of sites like Tumblr and Triberr for multiplying outreach.  I accept those realities.  But for the life of me, I can’t figure any of them out.  Literally, they make no sense.  Twitter  is too fast, too chaotic, and too random.  Triberr is just a glitch-filled labyrinth of dead-end links, and Tumblr is like another language with reverse syntax.  Trying to learn these tools makes me feel old and out of touch.

I just want to write my books and blog entries without all this hassle of marketing in the new media, but that’s not realistic if I ever want to be successful.  Somehow, I have to master these outlets, or if not master, at least become proficient with them in order to reach a broad spectrum.  Otherwise, I’ll never grow much beyond my current readership.  It’s a lot of extra time and energy that I’m not sure I have, but over the next month or so, I’m going to try to learn them.  If you hear a lot of cursing and swearing from my direction, you know why.

Please, let me also mention that the Ramblings crossed 20,000 views all time today.  I know that’s not a huge number and there are blogs that get that in a day, but it was a big milestone for me, one that I’m proud of achieving.  Thank you to everyone who reads my silly posts and provides comments.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  Hope everyone has a great night.