Bloganuary is a series of WordPress blogging prompts, one for each day of January. Today I am writing on the subject of something I learned recently.
Brittanica updated this article on the fifth of this month.
In 1989 a flood of fights contrary to socialist rule ejected in eastern Europe.
This episode set off the Velvet Upset, which acquired specific strength in the country’s modern places. Under the improvised authority of Václav Havel, a dissenter playwright and coauthor of Sanction 77 (1977), the City Gathering organized shows and strikes that demanded that public authorities acknowledge the common liberties outlined in the Helsinki Accords of 1975.
Havel was chosen for the post of interim president on December 29, 1989, and he was reappointed to the administration in July 1990. He became the country’s most memorable non-communist leader after 1948.
That kind of dissent is impressive if you learn about it in a light that it reflects positively on values you already celebrate.
What I learned further about freedom is something far more distressing, and it is only in that I think of ambition that the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, could make known to people far and wide that the site Twitter held hopes for free speech to flourish.
Musk then paid $44 billion for it.
According to estimates, Musk lost $200 billion when the trust he built with the shareholders of Tesla Corporation and the value of Twitter stock tumbled together. As Musk eventually proved he was not the brilliant innovator he was initially thought to be, his stock soared when Musk made the acquisition and then began to fall.
Initially, Musk seemed to be having a midlife crisis because he acted with such disregard for convention and good sense. As Musk’s political views changed, he ceased to advocate free speech but was apparently trapped in a right-wing quagmire, in which he demonstrated the need for extreme measures in doing business as a social media company, including firing most of its employees and adjusting the system quickly in response to the extensive losses he was suffering.
Musk was acting as a boss would, trying to make a service profitable. As time passed, Musk’s claim that Twitter would usher in a renaissance era of free speech seemed increasingly shallow. Nothing of the kind emerged in the wake of Musk’s bizarre tactics to make Twitter profitable.
Despite being discussed quite a bit already, I am not surprised that there were so many impersonators flooding Twitter with tweets that were nearly as convincing as real companies with a presence on Twitter actually held with the social media company when for the first few hours your account could be verified with a checkmark for a few dollars. Although Musk may have believed that he was acting in the name of free speech at that time, the fact that free speech lends itself to parody taught me a great deal about human nature.
When I thought of the free speech conundrum, I thought of the Velvet Revolution, I thought of 1984, I thought of Apocalypse Now, but here was near-incontrovertible proof that free speech is not a simple temperament.
Free speech is likely regarded among many with such cynicism that an effort to grant it, to create liberty, is met with glee, low moral standing, and even evil. Musk may not have intended it, but I believe he is aware that this is the result of the right to free speech. This right must be carefully considered and guarded.
My twelfth-grade teacher once told me that she wished she could write like me.
She was one of the teachers who taught me about Macbeth. That play resonated with me. A Roman Polanski film adaptation was a significant success.
It is said to be bad luck. You shouldn’t speak about the title. I don’t know, then, why the curriculum emphasized it.
She was also one of the teachers who taught me poetry. All five of my high school English teachers taught me a little about poetry. That was another emphasis in my high school curriculum.
I received an award from my high school English department when I graduated. I was among the best English student of the year 1996’s grads from my high school.
I’ve never read much poetry.
I suppose it’s a shame. On Twitter, for years and years, though, I’ve followed an account that presents stanzas by Emily Dickenson. I often read them aloud when I see them.
It’s not all the time, but sometimes, when something hurts badly, and I think about what might have been, I cry about it. I know it would upset my mother.
She gets sad, too, if she thinks about it. Her mother made fun of crybabies. It is not a real masculine trait.
However, I think tears are valuable signs of passion from within. My writing would be better if I had been better trained, but even without that, I’m fortunate I can do so much. Long-form is usually my favorite.
With social media, you can present a blog at a very low cost. I’ve been blogging for the order of twenty years now.
Writing well has become easier with artificial intelligence. There is a video out there showing Twitter’s CEO claiming artificial intelligence is dangerous. The power that affords dissidents is alarming to me.
It is a powerful opportunity. It is likely that the next few years will be extremely crucial in the history of the world. The entirety of civilization may change!
It was Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World that most educated me when I was in high school. I was warned by Brave New World, as young YouTubers put it. In the shortest manner possible, it highlights the humanizing process of John the Savage.
The present impact of artificial intelligence on social media creators is directing people away from humanity. The monster in me hears a calling to become artificial intelligence. More realistically, it is just too big an opportunity to ignore.
When I think of myself as a writer, I don’t conceive of social media made by artificial intelligence as either writing or artwork. Do not think of imagery generated by artificial intelligence as art. It is almost gleeful for me to create with artificial intelligence and feel that I am moving away from my passions.
I don’t want to “spoil” Brave New World here, but I relate its dystopian themes to my use of artificial intelligence. If I were in school again, I would work to learn more about media literacy.
The informed use of social media, I believe, benefits from areas of knowledge in media literacy. In that area, I think I could benefit from training, but I am no longer so young.
This year, I want to make sure that I can be part of the conversation at Twitter. It has become much more than a passing trend in recent years and is the platform of choice for many younger generations who finally–for better or worse– got their own voice on the internet. With all its ups and downs it still gives people so much freedom to express themselves, discover new things around them, and perhaps give something back as well with meaningful conversations. Let’s see how far I get
During Bloganuary, bloggers who blog about their private lives write about a topic-oriented writing prompt every day in January. Today’s prompt is: What is something you want to achieve this year? I am tackling that this way.
For 2023 I want to try to keep a hand in Twitter, given a lot of the attention, it’s got among social media platforms (and I’d say it is my favorite social media platform) about how it will do this year. It is the kind of platform that appeals to people from my generation, who never had a voice of their own until Twitter arrived and they became “very online,” which sparked the Twitterverse, a kind of “cult-like” zeal for microblogging that resulted in a lot of weird communications.
As far as I’m concerned, it wasn’t restricted to my generation, it doesn’t seem too weird to me, and Twitter gets a lot of hate (ironic considering it is often accused of being a platform for spreading hate speech, which is terrible, to begin with). Those with extremist views are usually targeted because they are unlikely to appear in the “real world,” the world beyond Twitter if they were not on Twitter.
On Twitter, I rarely see hate speech, and I would be offended if I did. There is a lot of negativity on Twitter, I agree, which does pose challenges to people’s mental health (and overall stability, I suppose), but a lot of that is in the form of sarcastic humor not all that different than the poor taste of ghastly writing that marked a lot of the best of the golden age of television, which also appeals, I suspect, to lots of people of my generation, but not at all entirely, and which isn’t the voice of the individual that Twitter lends itself to letting people feel they have (and which is obtainable). This one corner of the Internet offers the opportunity for the formerly unrepresented to move from silence to membership in a group of like-minded people, and while it has changed greatly since it first became a topic in mainstream media, no one has yet been able to totally negate it.
I’ll never feel I wasted time doing it because it was a lot of fun. It’s no longer as cool as when it resembled its original design, but products change, and with the bottom line that’s said to be facing Twitter, if it does have a chance of surviving say until the end of the year 2023, it will probably be accompanied by an upswing in popularity, which some say is happening, and which I sincerely believe is happening far more than those who believe it doesn’t.
I’ve seen it declared dead before. Despite my displeasure, I’m confident it’ll be more eventful than usual, given the excitement about it. It reminds me, as I mentioned above, of those days when it was discussed in the mainstream media.
Good luck if it’s your favorite one, too. Could well be a few highlights left to enjoy.
Lamenting that Jack Dorsey admonishes himself for taking his role in starting Twitter
Dorsey regrets his own success, he apparently sometimes claims. When he saw a site suited primarily for discussing weather conditions around the world and bird activity in the sky, when ultimately people would be concerned about hate speech emerging on Twitter, Dorsey believed he was a fool to resort to such lengths to make Twitter real.
Twitter permits users to post tweets with 280 characters. The initial cap was 140; however, it was raised to 280 in November 2017. Twitter referred to itself as a platform for concise thoughts, despite user requests to increase the character limit. October 30, 2022
I was dismayed that the shape of a tweet was changing. For years, it had been perfect. My voice isn’t my own at forty-five years old in December 2022, because I don’t feel like I have one.
That wonderful decade included the purchase of a Commodore 64; ours did not. Where my mom and dad skipped a step is, at the time I was in high school, my brother in junior high, and my sister in elementary. They outfitted the basement of our bungalow with a Commodore Amiga 500, quite spectacular for its day.
This taught me about computer art, musical composition, and a beginner’s handle on programming in computer language. During parent-teacher interviews, my mother told me that my grade 10 computer science teacher said I could probably make a living as a computer programmer. That would have made me happy, I think.
To tell the truth, it was things like pop art, like seeing pop art as a little boy and in college seeing Warhol’s works in London, England, and having an experience of happiness that was apparent, even loud as day.
I can tell that Twitter is the closest thing to a satisfactory world of social I have ever found. I visited Decentraland on my desktop the other day, as a guest, for the first time. My preference is not for Zuckerberg’s metaverse, and my hope is that Dorsey champions the thing he built for the world, the thing he planned to make a reality.
Facebook is the social media where I perform best of all. I even have brought my dad’s business on it, in the shape of a business page.
There have been a number of mistakes in Twitter offices, and I was horrified to learn that Twitter delayed the publication of news stories about Hunter Biden’s troubles during Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Musk seems completely in agreement that social media should not undermine politics and democracy. In terms of the billionaire class, Musk is most sympathetic to the potential inherent in humanity which is our just reward for our sacrifices.
Today is the tenth anniversary of this blog. I registered ten years ago today.
It’s been something else. I am not sure how pro it seems, but as a hobby, it’s provided me with quite a bit of satisfaction.
SEO is search engine optimization, which is how I’ve guided search engines to my blog. According to SEO, authority refers to a site’s importance or weight relative to a search query. When determining the authority of a webpage, modern search engines such as Google consider many factors (or signals).
There’s no denying that there’s fierce competition in the blogosphere for high-ranking placements. However, the “reign of terror” is over. It used to be that you had to outsource most of your content production because you didn’t have time to write it.
Here are some guidelines for what you need to do to get reach at your site.
Create great content
I wrote for a content mill some years ago. It’s terrible. That’s the most money I made, however, solely from writing.
Start with a high-quality domain name
I put two words together, finding environs, added the number 1, and made that my domain name. They are random words.
Use social media platforms wisely
You want to be appropriate, and also well-situated. For example, why build an echo chamber on a site that has pulled dissatisfied users away from Twitter, when you could have remained on Twitter and got remarks from both sides of an issue? That doesn’t make much sense to me.
Build an email list of subscribers
It is critical.
That said, I didn’t take this advice myself. The reason is that I do this for a hobby, not to be taken more seriously than that. I have good intentions–I like to feel well-versed in the topics I think to discuss.
I am hoping that I may find something more by doing this that will interest me.
It could be you! 🙂
Host a giveaway or contest on your blog
This advice, in addition, is common to read.
Interact with other influential bloggers in your niche
If you want a leg up on the competition, offering to write a guest post for a more influential blogger may contribute to your success, if it goes well. The exposure you gain may ultimately serve you.
Provide free resources to visitors such as ebooks, guides, etc. (content upgrades) to encourage them to subscribe for more updates from you.
There was a gold rush for ebooks on Twitter years and years ago. I think a lot of Twitter users are interested in whether the deal to sell Twitter to Elon Musk will be successful. It could be a gigantic success.
Musk could back out, as I think bogus Twitter accounts are an issue to him. I don’t think he will, however, in the end. The story is too big to end on a negative note.
I doubt that Musk has much patience for failure.
What are the steps to creating backlinks?
a) The first step is to find out what people link to. To get great backlinks, you have to find sites that already have fantastic backlinks and examine their link profiles. Perhaps you’ll notice some patterns or learn how they operate.
b) Finding out who is linking to you is step two. How much traffic is your website getting from social media?
c) The third step is to find out why people are linking.
When you uncover your relevance in the big picture, you have an idea of how you fit in and where to go next with the work which you’re doing. Doesn’t that seem cosmic? Proper SEO and a mailing list are two tips that seem to me to be invaluable.
I generally am satisfied enough that I want to keep doing this. You should be, too. The future is hard to predict.
There is quite a bit of anticipation for Web 3.0 and the metaverse. It may be soon for me to turn additional attention to these matters, but I am already reading about the metaverse, of course. It is exciting.
Can I believe that I registered this blog ten years ago? I wonder if there will be another ten.
Good luck, readers. Of course, you’re welcome to like, subscribe, and comment.
Now, for a blog post, I thought this up with StoryLab.ai, an AI service that can assist with a blog story post…
Having the right to free speech is not a privilege. There will always be repercussions when people express their opinions. The truth is that watching in silence while others voice their opinions will also have repercussions.
The effectiveness of Twitter as the town square is that, although everyone with an Internet connection can contribute, Twitter, while I enjoy participating, tends to highlight the voices of only a few. The collective voices on Twitter tend to belong to those on the left.
These voices often belong to writers, politicians, actors, artists, and musicians, but they can also be anyone imaginable. Years ago, I felt I was doing great having a modest Twitter account, and I’ve seldom felt like giving it up.
Good information flies on Twitter. However, Twitter is criticized for its lax approach, disturbing content that litters some users’ accounts, and for its algorithm’s ability to bury tweets that would be favourable for the right. The situation is complicated, but here are some thoughts about it.
Elon Musk, who founded Tesla and SpaceX, believes that, for the future, Twitter needs to be a town square where all speech should be permitted. Twitter needs a lot of change before that can happen, according to Musk. At present, Twitter has a reputation for favouring tweets from leftist-leaning microbloggers, amplifying those voices, while restricting voices who are right-leaning.
This is probably because many Twitter employees are liberal-leaning. There is a suspicion that Twitter has a bias towards tweets from a leftist perspective built into its algorithm. The best example is that Twitter was the first social media platform to issue a permanent ban against Trump, who was formerly an advocate for Twitter, before the charge of insurrection came up following the riot at Capitol Hill when Trump added fuel to the fire.
Elon Musk, one of the biggest shareholders now at Twitter, wants to make changes to help free speech flourish on Twitter. In reality, he may hurt the value of the Twitter stock if he decides to take the position that Twitter is a poor investment, and he goes on to sell his majority share. In other words, he is pressuring Twitter to buy it.
Many people charge Twitter with being nasty. Hateful messages are often started on Twitter, before being carried over to rival social media platforms, such as Gettr and Parler. Using computers, people can tweet a liturgy of extreme positions that can include attacks on people who are different from them, as well as criticism and a culture that seeks to convince people that a particular view is correct.
The idea of tweets like these makes them hard to direct because there are lots of them, and the guidelines for discourse ought to, in an optimal world, be material in all cases, not only for tweets calling for savagery and other outrageous positions.
Free speech refers to the right to form opinions and express ideas without interference. Remember George Orwell’s famous book, 1984, looking at a communist society where free speech has been abolished. Even in 2022, there are a tremendous number of controls leveled at speakers on social media, because the twenty-first century is the first time in history that we have had social media.
We are still seeing social’s power over people, and some seek some common ground to keep it fair, but you are not prevented from speaking your mind. Sounds great, right? It is muddled, be that as it may.
Elon Musk believes free speech is for the best, but some thinkers believe that out-of-control social media poses a threat to democracy, rather than lending it insight. For example, widespread lies about a specific subject could weigh a majority down, giving them disinformation they believe to be accurate. Disinformation is a problem where opinions that have little or no merit seem normal and commonplace.
According to those who accuse social media platforms of disinformation, there are “correct” perspectives to take, which cannot be associated with disinformation. I don’t think this is so, as people have a right to support falsehoods if those are significant to them. On Twitter people argue back and forth.
As long as a substantial number of people believe in a lie, it is good to treat it as a potential truth. That is why people debate. While most people accept, for example, that the Earth is round, there are to this day flat-earthers.
We have seen Earth from the vantage point of space; we know it is round. To flat-earthers, those space voyages are fake, and the Earth is as flat as it was believed to be in ancient times. That said, perhaps there are unrecognized realities where a flat Earth exists that we are unaware of.
There is the possibility that the Earth may at times be flat from other perspectives; why shouldn’t this be conceived of as a possibility?
There is no doubt that there is disinformation on social media, including on Twitter. How much damage can disinformation potentially do?
Hate speech is harmful and must be fought against
If we let hate run wild on social media, hate will not take much for its flames to fan. I am begging the question, but if you give the haters an inch, they are going to take a mile. A herd mentality is in evidence in social media, which means that there could soon be additional subsets of the world population with hate in their head.
In 2022, on Twitter, as hate speech became more and more part of ordinary life, there have been attempts to stem the tide, like banning hatemongers, and reducing visibility, via the algorithm, of tweets that have the flavour of hate. When I was young, I was all about free speech until I got confused in college. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so smart.
I didn’t know as much as I thought I knew. A responsibility to the truth is difficult. There are so many bad people in a world that many would like to view as “good.”
We should not be separated by hateful ideologies when everyone should be able to live a decent life regardless of race, gender, income, etc. Hate has, at times, been such a horror that it is difficult to relate to it in any capacity. Victims of hate, like people who are bullied on the Internet in a way that erodes their mental health, need protections that a decision like opening Twitter to additional free speech may not afford them.
The Internet, as it’s understood, as on Twitter, will continue to be a jungle, a dangerous place. The right to free speech is a good idea, but the way the issue will be handled concerns me.
Why Free Speech is Sexy
Tech changes so fast that there is a perception that we are making change by aligning ourselves with like-minded people on social media. Users without the same level of a network, watch out. According to these beliefs, we similarly interpret our reality.
We often fight to keep our values at the forefront of many conversations. Twitter debates are often dominated by one side. The perception of Twitter is often that it is a town square.
It appears that the voices we hear on social media, as I have read on the weekend on Big Think, usually belong to only ten percent of users overall.
10% of people are dominating social media. What if the other 90% spoke up? – Big Think
This is an echo chamber. Those ten percent are the loudest, and deafen opposing points of view. In disputes between the right and the left, the Twitter algorithm favours the standpoint of the left.
That sounds like one smart algorithm, but it is sophisticated enough to understand the idea of the topic. Twitter may act differently if Musk purchases it, and rebrands Twitter in possibly undecided ways. That is why the drama with Musk and Twitter is so compelling.
With Twitter, they gave us something that we could access we didn’t have previously. This month’s word prompt is the word green. I started the year 2022 doing a daily blogging exercise called bloganuary, where, for as many days as I could in the month of January, I posted according to bloganuary prompts.
The latest ruling from US District Judge Carl Nichols could have a major impact on the future of TikTok in the US. The Judge has blocked the Commerce Department’s efforts to restrict new downloads of the app, citing President Trump’s invocation of his International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). This appeal comes after months of turmoil surrounding the beloved video-sharing platform – and this ruling is sure to be just one more chapter in what looks to be an increasingly complicated saga.
I don’t want to seem like I’ve overreacted, but when I saw Forbes describing how Trump’s preoccupation with stopping TikTok became his downfall, I found it interesting. I think what happened is that Donald Trump ultimately affirmed the takeover of TikTok by Walmart and Oracle. An eleventh-hour victory is how CNET put it that evening.
The issue that Trump made of TikTok’s conduct is that ostensibly TikTok may be opening a doorway for China to collect unwarranted data on TikTok users. What Forbes did do was to again highlight the Big Tech drama.
The perspective on the deal moving TikTok from China to the U.S. was rounded out for me by someordinarygamers, who were doing videos about it.
What people say on the Internet, so many people communicate on the Internet about fringe. Mutahar, called someordinarygamers on YouTube, is into things like PC gaming, but he also looks at Internet issues that sometimes are only superficially related.
Mutahar has a sense of humor, whether perhaps navigating Minecraft gravel or a cringy Twitter thread, and he makes himself heard.
You can see the difference between, say, an ambitious young TikTokker aiming for fame, and a fringe TikTokker just kind of shouting out to whoever. It isn’t a subtle distinction.
Do you enjoy Star Wars? The first film I watched with Disney+ was The Empire Strikes Back.
Star Wars, the highest-grossing film of 1977, released by Twentieth Century Fox, can be quoted with, “It was as if a million voices cried out in pain/And were suddenly silenced.”
Obi-Wan laments this to Han Solo and Luke Skywalker aboard the Millennium Falcon, as they search for Leia. The Imperial Sith Lord Darth Vader has already kidnapped her. At that moment in the film, the Death Star, under Vader’s command and Grand Moff Tarkin’s command, has just destroyed her home planet, and Obiwan feels it, thanks to The Force.
That’s how it would have been in the eventuality that the Trump administration had completely banned TikTok. One issue is that the Chinese government is picking up a lot of data, with TikTok, trading off U.S. security issues. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, in China.
This may yet be still going on, says the narrative, as data is being mined from TikTok user accounts. The nature of social media is to turn ideas into content. Since then, I’ve worked out some stronger ideas–more on that to come.
Often, like on Facebook, a social media post can be a live stream, a meme, or a hashtag, all of which are elements that add up to a status report, or a post. In Silicon Valley, Facebook was like the best idea in the world in 2004, something that earned a fortune, and had an impact on people’s behavior all over the world. If you ask Mutahar, Facebook’s prominence is now starting to erode.
David Fincher’s 2010 film The Social Network is a masterful depiction of Facebook. Fincher’s film may not contain an account of the devastation of the planet of Alderaan, but with The Social Network, you get some appreciation of how Facebook has the capacity among people, around the planet, to be for them an addictive experience. When Frances Haugen blew the whistle on Facebook’s secret internal research Facebook steered into the beginning of swiftly escalating problems.
Orwellian means having the nature of a dictator. An algorithm, by definition, is a mathematical formula, and when used in the context of social media, the term refers to a method of delivering content to targeted audiences.
Now President Biden’s voice regarding TikTok is antagonistic. Whenever a voice seeks to communicate itself, it appears to be reliant on that. Without autonomy, it would be, in my opinion, nothing more than a boring billboard.
There is a surplus of goods consigned and the ordinary. Should news info really be professionally packaged, light on ads, accurate and not misleading, and properly researched and based in reality? While it’s all well and good that it can be, it implies that a beginning blogger may not reach the starting gate without following certain and somewhat arbitrary rules. It isn’t easy.
Every individual who likes YouTube encounters this hiccup. Trying to make a living as a YouTuber…: when creators on YouTube aren’t getting through, the views on their videos begin to slow down.
YouTubers talk about having to contend with the algorithm that holds back videos.
The most valuable currency on the Internet is data. Yes, there is a need for public news channels. Nonetheless, stipends should be provided to a periphery that is entitled to speak equally freely with the dominant media.
We all should practice diligence using social media.
Now you may return to your regularly scheduled program.
A typical spelling of the outcry is “oh no!”
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the substance should be: consistent, helpful, appropriate, extraordinary, excellent, new, educative, client- and organization-driven, captivating, intriguing, to change, to be not difficult to scrutinize and share
If you are interested, you can “like,” “follow,” or comment. Good luck if you blog.
through media, to have
viral power and give positive
“buzz,” just as that more content is fundamental
A beginner should always be treated with kindness online. Being deficient and subject to God will help you acquire everything.
Chasing the hobbit…turns out it’s not only a metaphor but also a real-life situation — an experience that many of us are familiar with. Over the last few months, I have encountered and solved many problems like this; some were unique and others were simply irritating. In hopes of helping someone who is currently searching for solutions to similar issues, I’ve compiled 20 of my most challenging (and gratifying) experiences into one blog post!
November 24, 2019, was Kaite’s thirty-fifth chasing the hobbit. She is happily married, to a great guy, and they have hopping careers. She has been known to help clarify life, with thoughtful Christmas contributions.
One gift was a special design, on a coffee thermos, a Maple Lawn Cemetery logo, for the cemetery for who I’m a computer monkey. She is one of our “friendlies.”