Philosophy #16 – The 2nd Age of Social Media (2019-2029) – The Age of Value

This is a topic that I have wanted to get to for a while now, because whether it is something that I am claiming or something that everyone else is also seeing and have put words too, I believe that we have now entered into the second age of social media as of 2019. Let me take the time in this short essay to explain what the previous eras of social media were, when they were and what this second era is, why it will last the length of time I predict in the title and many more things.

First thing is first, what are the layouts of the ages? As of this present moment, there are 3; The Pre-Social age which ran from the internet’s inception in 1994 till around 2004, the First Age of Social Media (aka The Aggregate Era) which goes from 2005 till the end of 2018, and then finally the Second Age of Social Media (aka The Age of Value) which starts this year in 2019 and I believe will last until the end of the 2020s in 2029.

The first era of social media, what I call the 0th age of social media, is the Pre-Social Age. This is often dominated by chatrooms, AOL/Hotmail messaging, forums and emailing. These are not really as “pro-social” as a lot of the future methods that will be mentioned, and since they are technically not “Social Media” as we know it to be today, that is the reason I do not count them as the same thing. It was an age where there was really no video or mass media sharing of any kind, and it was just slightly more tedious ways to communicate with each other quicker. Forums especially (which even in the 2010s I have experienced) were tough as some sites may have had notifications on them for when someone responded to your thread, others may not have and you would have had to sit there and constantly refresh the page until someone responded. A large portion of the Social Medias that we know of today begun their development at the tail end of this era, and though some sorts of social medias existed after the year 2000, but before the year 2005, they were not as popular as the ones from the First Age, and did not work in quite the same way.

The First Age (second era) of Social Media is what I like to call The Aggregate Age. From 2005-2018 the goal for many social media consumers was to aggregate as much of the socials as they could to their eyeballs like visual crack (I too was not immune to this). The major difference between this and the 0th Age of social media, is that in that first era, many of the social media platforms where not all that popular or served only one purpose. Now that socials were becoming more popular, they were becoming quite multifaceted and with that, it drew people’s attention to them, and they wanted to get as much of it as they could. Facebook launched in late 2004, YouTube in 2005, Twitter in 2006, Instagram in 2010 and Snapchat in 2011, these are the largest players in the field of the First Age/second era. It appeared to everyone as these were being launched that since they all serve a different purpose that we needed to have all of these (and again I am very much still guilty of this), and there is nothing explicitly wrong with having a lot of different types of social media applications. It was just that in the First Age of social media, many people just blindly signed up for the different socials and gave over their data without much thought as to how the company was going to use it, and because of that we ended up with situations like the Cambridge Analytica scandal with Facebook from 2016. Showing us that in the age where all of the social media companies really just want us to spend as much time on their apps as possible, that they really do not care what happens to their users and their data.

We enjoy the fun that is social media, but I think sometimes a bit too much. The First Age of social media really helped open everyone us to the awesomeness that the internet has instore and the things that can be accomplished, but now here in 2019 I, along with many people I know and have seen online are pissed off and just done with the fact that we need to spend countless hours on social media in order to get anything out of it. In the early going it was fun, now it gets in the way. There is no better point for this than the fact that now we have the ability on sites like Instagram and Facebook to just simply “deactivate” our accounts instead of deleting them so that we can come back to them in the future. The platforms themselves do not want us leaving them and never returning because it hurts their bottom line, but if we are not getting any value from them, why should we stick around? That brings us to the 3rd era/Second Age of social media.

The Age of Value, otherwise known as the 3rd era/Second Age of social media began this year. I have noticed a lot of people just like myself who have gone and deleted platforms that no longer serve them in the way that they used to when they first got them. 2019-2029 I feel will be this brand-new era. Starting this year, I can already see that people are starting to use platforms a hell of a lot more deliberately. I am only using platforms that I wish to use and those that serve a specific purpose. I only post things that I believe add value, I also only kept the ones that really fit with the life that I am trying to lead in the now. Facebook no longer fit that mould, so back in July (as per my essay) I deleted it. I turned Twitter into my new Facebook and that is far simpler and brings me a lot more joy than Facebook ever did. Instagram and Snapchat have been curated so that I am only posting on there with the things that I feel I want people to see and not just random things, if ever I have the urge to do that, that is what Snapchat is for. They are posted and either disappear within 24 hours or are gone after someone looks at it. No longer do I feel a need to photograph and keep every, single thing I do. The Age of Value is here now and I feel that it will be one of the better times the internet will see because everything people will be doing by the end of the 2020s will be deliberate and whatever place we are all users of by that time, we will have our near die-hard (metaphorically) reasons for why we keep it around.

Now the final point I want to make for therefore exactly I feel it will last EXACLTY 10ish years. Nowadays I notice that we have decadal values and things always seem to change every ten years. I say by 2030 we will enter that next era/age, but what it will be and who the major players are, I cannot say for sure now. All I do know is, we are now in a new era, and should be proud of how far we have come and the fact that we are slowly moving away from that need to get as much of this in every day as possible.

Why the world needs Anti-Humanism (now more than ever)

Seeing all of the injustice that is going on in the world right now has certainly gotten us all to open our eyes even more. This is where as a Social Worker I have had the advantage of having my eyes ALREADY opened, but I still cannot help but be shocked at the sheer volume of injustices that go on in the world.

Now, I am only one person, but this is my opinion, especially based on things that I have written about on this blog before in my Philosophies, but even more so in my books. HUMANISM IS DEAD! ANTI-HUMANISM IS THE NOW! We can no longer disagree with the fact that the systems that we have set up in society will NOT get us to the utopia bullshit that Humanism talks about. We need to stand up, and hold society accountable for all of its misdoings and MAYBE, just maybe by the time our lives are over, Post-Humanism can begin…

But we have a lot of fucking work until that finally gets going. ALOT!

My suggestion if you have not done so already, in order to get yourself into the Anti-Humanist movement (which believes in a lot of the major changes going on right now) is to give my books a read. The Anti-Judgementalism Handbook and the 2019 Meditations (linked below) which are both available on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books (I will not kill trees to get the message out, we all have smart phones and the apps are free, the books cost under $10)

Both books in some small way cover my thoughts on some of the things that are going on, and especially the AJH it covers a lot of the intrinsic bias that we all carry with us and the steps (which will not be easy) that we can do to change all of that. They are not super long, but still I think you should give them a read NOW MORE THAN EVER!

Anti-Humanism was born in 2020…remember that! I founded something in 2019 that will hopefully take Philosophy and common practice in the right direction. Writing books for academics by academics gets us nowhere. Writing the books for everyone WILL IGNITE CHANGE!

Lets get this show on the road!

See you tomorrow!

Links:

The Anti-Judgementalism Handbook : https://amzn.to/2AOh3kQ

2019 Meditations: https://amzn.to/3f6E8xJ

A fight against racial injustice: white people, stand up!

AMAZING POST!

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This past week, the world witnessed something that a video uploaded to social media exposed: yet another black American man murdered. His name is George Floyd, and he was a human being whose life was viciously snuffed out by a disgraced white police officer. His gruesome, heartbreaking murder is one of many…a victim of the largest systematic, global problem: racism.

Racism is not news. It has been a problem forever. Now, with users being able to upload and inform people all over the world of anything, we are finally able to see it with our own eyes, in our own homes. For people of color, this is their reality. They do not have to see a video to know that this reality exists. But as a CIS gendered white woman, admittedly, I was not prepared for the horror that was the videos of the death of Ahmaud Abery and George…

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Followers and Philanthropy: Harnessing the Power of Social Media

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You jump on Facebook and mindlessly scroll down; you see a fundraiser or charity trying to do good – do you take action or scroll right by? What makes you stop, think twice, and take action? Is it the catchy graphic? The well thought out headline? Or maybe it was because it was posted by someone you admire?

Why bother helping at all? The short answer? Because it makes you feel good. From my personal experience, people want to help, it’s in our nature, but we want to be able to do it easily and without too much effort. We want to do our part and feel good doing it.

Today I will bring you through my journey of The Women Helping Women Purse Project and how social media took a good idea, a way of helping those in need, and brought it to a level I never could have…

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Use Social Media To Your Advantage – Supplement Your Income Today!

This is awesome!

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COM0011 – Blog #2

Canadian Bills/Coins
Image by Anita Hart via Flickr.

Thanks to the current COVID-19 pandemic, I found myself in quarantine at home, and without a job to go to everyday. Time was getting long, I had no set routine, and I was wondering if there was a way for myself to make money online to add to my current earnings. Being an avid and daily social media user, I decided to conduct some research and see which online platform would allow me to use my skillsets and turn it into money from the comfort of my own nook. I was aware that completing online surveys was a very common way for people to make extra cash, but I wanted to find something that would permit me to be creative while making supplemental bucks. I’ve decided to share my top three findings with you, as I knew I was…

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Life in the Online Community begins now!

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog. I know that I have said this a number of times already, but I am back and ready to get rolling into daily posting! I really have been feeling lost in terms of needing to be a larger part of the online community! If I want to be a blogger, podcaster (The Angry Ranter Show), YouTuber (TheAngryRanter) and Twitch Streamer (TheAngryRanter) I want to help build a community and of course one day be able to make money online that can support me one of these days.

As of today, Ii strive to do my best to plan out posts as to make sure that I never run out of things to say online. This blog will begin to be more active as of this day, so that eventually I will be able to look back and see that June 2020 will be where we can see that this log will have taken off, especially since this blog has been live for over 9 months now.

I could use a little help from any of the members of my blogging community. How should I go about getting more serious about blogging? Or am I on the right track and just need to stick to it? Let me know!

I will also be participating more and more in your blogs as well! I really need to build my WordPress community!

Thank you for the read, and see you tomorrow!

How social media can disrupt your crisis management efforts

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It’s now easier than ever to create, share and post content on social media. Not only for businesses and organizations, but also for individuals.

With a smartphone in their hand, they can easily take a picture or a video and post it on their different social media accounts in a fraction of a second.

This is one of main reasons why social media should not be overlooked by businesses and organizations in times of crisis.

Hand holding smartphone with social media applications
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There is no time!

Businesses and organizations used to have time to react to a crisis, to think about different strategies, about how and when to communicate the information to the public…Now? There is no time! Someone out there probably already knows what is going on and can’t wait to be the first person to share it on social media.

In October 2014, during the shooting at Parliament…

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Why I left Facebook – A Deep dive

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2009-2019 – That is the timeline for my time on Facebook. Facebook was originally seen as the best way to keep in touch with people all over the place. I had people from the 3 different Elementary Schools I had gone to, people from the cadet program who were all over the country, and then eventually people from the 3 High Schools that I ended up going to, and College. Facebook for me for quite a while was the hub, the place to be on, the place to join groups, meet like-minded people and the place that also verified if your relationship status was “Facebook Official” which I bought into as a teen and young adult as something that validated me. I genuinely thought that having all of those “friends” meant something real, but the truth is that come near the end, around 2018-2019, Facebook started making me stressed out…

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Live-streaming, is it important?

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Live streaming has become almost an essential part of having an online presence. But is it useful? I believe it all depends on what type of business or online persona you are. If you are representing a brand or if it is for personal gain to attempt life as an “Influencer”.

Representing a brand on livestreams is a route where you need to be careful of what you say, how you say it, and to make sure what you’re attempting does not come across as negative. Buzzfeed for example is a company who is great at using livestreaming and finding fun ways to attract their audiences. Here you can find one of their most popular videos as well as other companies who are using livestreaming effectively.

Buzzfeed's Watermelon Explosion Challenge
Buzzfeed’s Watermelon Explosion Challenge

The route of an online persona however acquires more freedom in what you can say or do. It allows you…

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Back in class on a new adventure!

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! Today marks the next leg of the journey. Since this blog launched you all have seen me enter into University, overload myself, get stressed and drop out of University and then work really hard to find my footing again. I feel that time is now! Today I have begun again at Algonquin College (again) for the Social Media Certificate Program!

With this program I will gain a lot of insight into the internal workings of Social Media, gain some tips and tricks from the people I will be in class with and of course I will get the opportunity to try out the things that I will be learning in real time and hope to watch everything grow! I am excited for sure!

I also made this shirt for the program!

Decided as well to make a shirt for the program, so I designed a little something on a website that sells printed clothes and I am wearing it today. I like having program swag so sue me lol!

I loved the first go through at Algonquin College when I was there originally from 2014-2018. I just think that I would feel a lot more at home doing more College stuff since I am a 3 time graduate of the College. They have a great proven track record with me in showing practical skills that can be used in the field. For that I have to respect the education that I have already gained and more so that I will be getting in the future!

Wish me luck everyone, as I will be trying to post more often (I know I say that a lot but I mean it I swear!)