Social Media Killed All the Stars

Facebook came into the world masquerading as an Angel of light. It convinced us we needed their platform to "connect." This quicksand sucked in businesses, politicians, entertainers; it transformed ordinary people into terrible minor gods. 

This devil served us Koolaide made of cesspool water, and we drank, and it kindled our devils. And he did it with funny memes, family pics, conspiracies, hate groups, and pseudo "debating" mixed together. "A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down." This devil enticed us with a call to connection while tieing our hands and whispering, "all it will cost is our soul."  

A slick demon that Facebook is, masquerading as light. Read the testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen or watch the 60 Minutes interview, and you will see just how evil that platform operates. 

I've been on social media for sixteen years. I started blogging in June of 2005, right before Hurricane Katrina. I joined Twitter and Facebook in 2008. I've watched and participated in the devolution of humankind. 

It's a shame that it took so long to realize that everything I think and feel doesn't need to be public domain. TMI is real, rampant, and it's exhausting and desensitizing humanity. 

I recently left Facebook for a year. But I did get back on that devil's lap to utilize my art and writing business pages. Before I did, I spent a week archiving or trashing every post I'd ever made. I deleted every tag, comment, and like. I cleaned out all my interactions, and it took me a solid forty hours. 

I set guidelines for myself. 

Only post fun, entertainment content on my feed

Use to promote my art and writing business pages

No politics

Accept NO unwanted comments, harassment, or even minor annoyances

And I unfollowed everyone and made almost everything private. I still have 250 friends, but I don't follow them, so I don't see ANYONE'S post when I log on to Facebook. And I made it so that no one can see who I follow, who my friends are, what I like, etc. 

Of course, Facebook doesn't make this process easy. They want me to engage. They wouldn't exist and be billionaires if we weren't all "engaging" with each other. 

Well, fuck that. 

I can't believe I once drank the -"you can't unfollow people, or they'll be upset, you have to allow comments you disagree with, or you're not engaging, you have to allow anyone and everyone to access your social media accounts" – Bullshit-Koolaide for so long.

Anyone I want to debate or have conservation with has my cell number or can get it. 

I also cleaned out my lesser devils, Twitter and YouTube, and unpublished most old blog posts. I turned off notifications from all apps on my phone and computer. I get no notifications. I also changed it so that Google doesn't track my searches so that they aren't feeding me only what they think I'm interested in. You know that all these sites do that? Facebook, Twitter, Tiktok, Instagram, Snapchat all tailor your feed based on what you click on and search. That's why we all live in echo chambers now. So on Twitter, I click "Not interested in this" on random stuff just to throw it off. I do the same on Tiktok. I just start clicking "not interested" one video after the other, even if it's content I like because I don't want to see just what they think I like. I don't click on ads either. Notifications, ads, tracking where we click and what we search are the tools used to suck us into the vortex.

These social media devils may be correct that I can't live without them, or at least I can't make a living without them. They got me by the short hairs there. But on this dance floor, I lead, and I see you for who you are. Every day I choose. Most days, I feel discouraged and have little hope for humanity. I place 70% of the blame on Facebook; the rest on 24-hour news channels, which are 90% opinion shows and commentary, not news. We weren't meant to digest that much information and stay sane. 

We've all believed a terrible lie...



Nine Ince Nails

, why are you doing this to me?
Am I not living up to what I'm supposed to be?
Why am I seething with this animosity?
(Hey god) I think you owe me a great big apology
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
I really don't know what you mean
Seems like salvation comes only in our dreams
I feel my hatred grow all the more extreme
(Hey god) can this world really be as sad as it seems?
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me. I need someone to hold on to
Don't tear it away from me. I need you to hold on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need you to someone on to
Don't tear it away from me. I need you to hold on to
Don't tear it, don't tear it, don't tear it, don't tear it, don't
there's nothing left for me to hide
I lost my ignorance, security, and pride
I'm all alone in a world you must despise
(Hey god) I believed the promises, your promises, and lies
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
You made me throw it all away, my morals left to decay (terrible lie)
How many you betray you've taken everything (terrible lie)
My head is filled with disease, my skin is begging you please (terrible lie)
I'm on my hands and knees. I want so much to believe
I give you everything, my sweet, everything
You everything, my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)


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