In this age of global interconnection, we face a modern paradox. At the same time that we are more connected than ever, we are also increasingly polarized and alienated from one another. What might have been and can still be redirected into a force to instill solid communications to help in combatting tyranny and overcoming various issues and concerns has had unintended consequences as well. Too many screen time has created a new way of making friends but also fostered a sense of me’ism that is strikingly disconnected and narcissistic to the nth degree.
Social media has come to recognize these concerns as legitimate and attempting to counter this at least to some degree by encouraging others to know folks not just by their opinions but the things that they are interested in and drive their day to day lives. They are also increasingly concerned with ‘time well spent’ including trying to balance profit by having consumers constantly connected, but, also involved in their local communities offline. Time will tell how this all works out.
Time Well Spent by Michael Romani It is said to live life happily One best does this in a community In these incipient internet days We live more isolated in a thousand ways But, Facebook and Google sensing this is wrong Have begun building up ways people can belong Even if questionably limiting free speech In other ways, they've put this in better reach Algorithms offer their madcap disorientation And some attempts have led to greater polarization But the alternatives of time well spent Are offered up again and again until we relent Learning each other goes beyond our mere opinions Peeled layer by layer like virtual onions Finding once again that we have more in common than not And that finding this out is just something we've forgot Now those who led us off into the disconnected ether Are same those leading us back face to face like gatekeepers Back into the embrace of the waiting arms of prolific dialog And away from the ongoing strands of unidirectional monologue The coming days will prove to be most informative To find if social networking becomes truly transformative Will profit motives give way to friends and family And in so doing, begin to build a truly global community? In the coming days of further Twitter Revolution Wil the offline find the online's tool of communication These within the global community of universal mind Will need to make this tool into something more refined Online and offline merge into a single augmented reality It's there then that we'll find that conceptuality As biometric sensors and interfaces crawl under our skins We must come to terms with our constructs of humanity again Within the next generation, both will assuredly become one The merging of self to interface has already begun It's this global imperative yet to define That will be the strength of our dividing line … And when we do we repent ...Focused on time well spent ...Between not just what can we do ...But in deciding the good of me and you.... (c) February 6, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved