I am not against social media. I was a frequent visitor to the chat rooms on IRC (internet relay chat) and have been active on Facebook and twitter for several years. I have a linked-in account and have recently joined Google+. All have their uses and all have their banes.
Sooner or later, the antisocial element invades to create distress and mayhem to what is basically a neutral environment. I have found that if you stay in control of your friend networks, your google+ circles, and your following/follower lists that you can avoid most of these horrible people.
But the world is full of ugly, and sometimes you have to stare it in the face and take a stand for good things. Sometimes it is about planting enough pretty seeds in the pile of shit you’ve come across in the hope that something beautiful or useful will grow in it.
There is a very old careworn platitude — “life is what you make of it.”
I find this to be true. You can create a lot of positiveness in people who are extremely negative. I’m not talking about turning pessimism into optimism. I’m talking about changing anti-social attitudes toward more social attitudes. Helping people find the good in a world seemingly full of bad. And helping people find the reason to be good within themselves.
When I started to write this, the London riots hadn’t happened and I had abandoned it as a useless effort. I was wrong and it is the people involved in the clean-up efforts in the aftermath that have given me the gumption to finish this little ideologue and put it out on the net.