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THE HUMAN USE OF HUMAN BEINGS | CYBERNETICS AND SOCIETY | NORBERT WIENER

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If reading this book doesn’t show you where society has been heading with the rise of social media marketing on the internet, nothing will. This book was published in 1950 as a warning to the coming social conflict that now exists in this world as a result of our advancements in the realm of cognitive sciences.

Social Media Crash

Okay, for the second or third time now… I have finally deleted my social media accounts. The first time I deleted them was when I quit touring and set down my solo singer-song writer career. I later built them up again because I sold patches on Etsy for about two years (which was a lot of fun, but took up too much of my time the more successful it became).

Then, with the launch of this project, A Martyrs Oath, the home studio recording project… I launched them up again. But, honestly what’s the point?

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Most of what goes on within platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is just pandering anyway. I would know. I spent 6 long years as a full time musician nationally touring. That isn’t a braggart statement either. I’m just saying that I know what it takes to maintain a well-oiled social media platform for the sake of self success. Proof of that would be the Instagram account I just deactivated. I only had 70 posts or so and was only following 1 person (Raven Faith Records). And yet… I had more than 1,350 followers.

I know how the social media racket works.

If your business model relies on outlets like these, you might want to think about re-branding and coming up with a new marketing platform. Those markets are over flooded with competition. And as a result they tend to just be an echo chamber of the rat race.

Life is more than this.

As for the internet, I am obviously still on it. I have my blog and my Youtube channel (something I plan to add to in the future). Beyond this… I have managed to take it a step further this time around. I deleted the internet browser along with all of the social accounts, including Youtube, from my phone. The only thing my phone is worth now would be calls, texts, and listening to books and podcasts.

That’s all.

I think the whole world would be better off if we were all less addicted to our devices.

Social Media & promotion’s poor choices

A while back I posted a blog about shutting down my social media accounts. And yet, here I am with them live again. I spent the last month doing the “promoting racket” on places like Twitter and Instagram. But, I am going to have to be honest with myself here. I just don’t really feel like it’s worth the time.

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Now, I realize that its somewhat of an oxymoron to have a website with the intent of promoting a project while refusing to really hit the “social marketing” strong on those types of platforms. I get it, I really do. But, let’s face it. That just isn’t where my time needs to be spent. By having these accounts, and constantly being active on them I find myself wasting a lot of the day, my face down glaring at my phone. And when I’m not promoting something with a new post or adding followers, the resulting conundrum is that I find myself scrolling these accounts with no genuine purpose.

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I look around and it seems like people don’t know what to do with themselves anymore unless they’re face palming a mobile device of some kind. And, I just don’t want that to be me. And here’s why…

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.Psalm 101:3 

If promoting my personal projects on social media means that I have to subject myself to viewing the nonsensical sins and perversions of the world in the process, is it really worth it? Because, the way I see it is… what you see becomes what you think. What you think becomes what you say. And, what you say becomes what you do.

With that, I have come to a conclusion to resolve the issue while maintaining the social media platforms for what they are. I have decided that I am going to keep the accounts active for anyone that does want to follow on an alternate platform outside of my personal site. But… the conclusion is this; if I have no one that I am following, there will be no reason for me to feel the need to scroll the accounts when I could be doing something better with my time.

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The question then, would be… what is my time worth rather than surfing social media?

I can think of a lot of things. Studying scripture. Spending time with friends and family. Being creative. We live in a world of cell phone social media addiction. And, that’s just not me. And if backing off to a large degree on “self promotion” to break away from a habit that I’m not interested in forming, such as what I see all around me in the personal lives of others… then so be it.

In closing, the social media accounts are staying up. And I will post to them regularly for the sake of promoting existing personal projects. But, my days of following others for the sake of entertainment are over.

I’ve got better things to do with my time.

Shutting down my Social Media Accounts

Well, in the view of what my current goal is with the EP I’m working on, I did something drastically in the wrong direction promotionally speaking. And, to be honest… I don’t care. I’m better off for it anyhow. My goal for the EP might not be better off for it, but I am. And that’s what matters.

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To those of you that have kept up with me through my other various endeavors will know that I am not much on social media. After I quit touring full time, the novelty of social media for me lost its flair. And with that, I have started and stopped different accounts a few times. So, this is nothing new. If you look around on the site, you will see that the one social media account that I do still have is Youtube. Right now there isn’t anything on it (accept a few old songs). But, in the near future I have some ideas that will cause that platform to come in handy.

As for things like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the like… I realize that those platforms are good for getting the word out about my current projects.

But… at what cost?

Don’t get me wrong. I am having a great time putting together this EP and would love to see it have success by reaching people that would enjoy it. But, at the end of the day the only reason why I find myself on these social platforms is self-serving. And that’s not what Christ was about. Most people will assume that Satanism is the worship of Satan. But this is far from the truth. It is actually the agnostic worship of self. I must decrease that Christ might increase in me. It is pride that comes before the fall. This has always been true, therefore it will always be true.

When I get on these accounts, all I see are people boasting self. And upon reflection, how am I any different?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no more a sinner or saint for choosing to step away from or keep social media active in my daily life. I just personally can’t do it. I’ve got better things to do with my free time than work out my thumb while eyeing the benumbed social habits of our fallen society one finger swipe at a time.