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Will Social Media Lead Us Into the Next World War?

Dana Corriel, MD, speaks about the irony of social media freedoms, and warns that its powers will lead us to lose our real-life freedoms.

January 16, 2024

Social media will bring about the fall of society.

On social media, someone with negative 30 IQ holds the same clout as someone with Neil Degrasse Tyson brains. Worse, it doesn’t actually take intellect to rise up in popularity ranks. It takes looks. Or humor. Or a few viral posts.

Is anyone else paying attention to what’s happening in the world?

What we’re seeing is a NEW equation, A scary way to live out life. What we’re seeing evolve into a reality is an existence in which “influencers” are no longer leaders who have obtained “world-class education”. It’s those who scream the loudest. Who entice an audience with the most seductive, attention-inducing pose. It’s those who pay off others in the most clever of ways, and get the most “likes”.

Here, on social media, what matters is how good looking you are, or how funny. Nowadays, how much excitement you get for a post can determine everything where your future’s concerned.

How many people follow you, and listen to what you have to say? Tell us your numbers, and we’ll tell you your worth!

 

How many people follow you, and listen to what you have to say? Tell us your numbers, and we'll tell you your worth!

 

Here, if you fart the right way, at exactly the right angle, and capture it at exactly the right time, getting enough people to hit that “like” button when it matters, to rise up in the ranks, you’ll make a splash! You could even wind up on the cover of a magazine. Tell others what to eat. Who to like. How to vote.

Our current situation is honestly in such ludicrous shambles. We’re listening to random strangers online and believing everything that we see, forgetting that it’s all one big machine, and that behind it, are mere codes. What we see can be so easily manipulated, from images, to videos, to words.

All one needs, to really understand the significance of online potential, is to look no further than the deep fakes that are at play. Today, it’s your favorite actor impersonated (think of recent twists with Tom Cruise, or Keanu Reeves), cleverly generated to elicit a laugh. Tomorrow it will be a world leader, and then your closest relative, and then.. you.

 

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In our real lives, the ones we live in day to day, with our physical being, the world is becoming scarier by the minute. Out there, reason no longer prevails, and those in charge are more concerned with the “numbers” I spoke about before than actually using logic, doing the right thing, or enforcing law where laws need to be enforced.

We live in a real world where everyone is scared of everyone else, because living peacefully with one another is no longer considered “in”.

Society now expects each one of us to take sides; to be defined by one side of an extreme or other. If we don’t take a side, then we’re “silent” and our silence becomes “deafening”..

It started out with politics: each one of us was either a Democrat or a Republican. We couldn’t be in the middle. We needed to neatly fit into one of those two “plans”.

Then we moved on to skin color: we were either black or we were white.

 

In our real lives, the ones we live in day to day, with our physical being, the world is becoming scarier by the minute.

 

Now, most recently, our Middle East leanings determines the makeup of our circles, and you feel frightened to step out of your defined zone.

That’s where we are – in societal no-man’s land. We’ve ventured where no man has ventured before.

So who will be willing to step up and take control? Who leads us, in this new, and scary, anarchical world? Because where we are headed, for lack of a better descriptive term, simply isn’t good.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we continue heading into a downward spiral. I also wouldn’t be surprised if we lived to see the next World War.

What I do know is that we have lost our ability to free-think, and that the freedoms that social media has brought us will ironically lead to the demise of our physical freedoms as we know it.

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