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You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours…for a little while. August 18, 2015

Posted by Erik Tomblin in Instagram, Promotion, Social Media, Twitter, Writing.
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Now that I’ve been more (loosely speaking) active on social media for the purpose of promoting my writing, I’m remembering why I didn’t care for that method to begin with. There are so many writers, musicians, artist, etc. that are doing the same thing. Some are strictly about promoting their own work, some that go beyond that but stay in the same discipline, and some use it more as a communication tool for actual interaction outside of the “product” they are selling. I don’t tolerate the first group very well, depending on the “product.” The second group is tolerable, though my interest is lost quickly when it comes to the writers in that group. To be fair, it’s not them, it’s me (*nod to Costanza). I enjoy the third group because you get to know the person better and the topics at hand aren’t so linear.

I’ve quickly learned that there are many artists and non-artists just looking for a “follow.” It really is a strange behavior and there certainly has to be some doctoral theses out there about the need of these people to have more followers than the number of people they follow. I had one Instagram follower that added me in the infancy of my account, liked most of my pics, but didn’t post much. This user’s account was private, but I was granted viewership when I followed back. When I did finally like one of this user’s recent pictures, I was unfollowed (but not blocked). Very strange behavior, but I can only chalk it up to that need mentioned above.

I’ve seen firsthand how important these “likes” are to some people, primarily kids and teens. I’m not really sure how prevalent this behavior is with adults, but I suppose “adult” is a subjective term. I’ve never been the kind of person who cared much if someone didn’t like me, so my opinion on this is rooted strongly in that personality trait. In any case, I’ll keep plugging along and trying to post at least somewhat interesting photos and tweets. It’s difficult when you’re not the kind of person who documents every thought, image, or event that piques your interest.

The End is Nigh? August 3, 2015

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It seems like over the past decade or two, if you pay attention to the news and Internet, the world is just falling down around us into a pit of human waste. Just take a look at any front page or crime section of any online news site. It’s quite disheartening. It becomes even more so if you dare to read the comments on all of these articles that chronicle the depravities of mankind. It’s as if having an open mind and the desire to investigate before forming an opinion are practically non-existent.

But I personally don’t believe the world is getting worse, at least not the way most people might. With social media and technology the way it is, we hear/read about every little thing that happens in places we might not even know existed, everything from a triple-homicide to a kitten sneezing. I’m sure every generation has thought their current state of the world is worse off than those before, past times they existed through or have only read about. But now that we’re being fed so much more of the world’s problems, it feels overwhelming.

Think about that the next time you hear/read of something so unbelievably horrible happening one state over or across the globe. Those things have been happening throughout the history of man. But thanks to a rising population and the lightning-fast spread of information today, we get to hear about more of it all the time. Oh, joy.

I’d love to see a study that looks at the percentages of these occurrences as far back as possible, percentages based on local population and the Earth’s population as a whole. I have no doubt that the percentage would show an increase; technological advances have also made it easier for the perpetrators to do their deeds. But how significant would that increase be? It seems that references to “the good ol’ days” is really just an indicator of blissful ignorance. But what do I know? I’m no history major or anthropologist.