Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Over the last few days I have seen "Look Up" shared on social networks over and over. (Anyone else seeing the irony in this?) the message of this video is step away from social media,
and while I agree with a lot of what Gary Turk says, I still feel that social media can bring a lot to people, both now and in the future.
So here is my response,
I have over 8,000 friends,
and I am not lonely.
I have raised money and awareness, encountered anger and fairness.
The problem that we face,
is not about the space, or the interface, or the thrill of the chase.
You say disconnect, walk out of the shadows, turn away from the slow death,
step back from the gallows.
I say, for some, social media is the disconnect, the connection they crave,
an escape, an enclave. A chance to fly, whilst in real life, they die,
"We edit and exaggerate" - We put on a brave face.
We "crave adulation" - We escape isolation.
We "turn our lives a-glistening" We scream because no one is listening.
Yes, it's balance we need, not just an inspirational newsfeed,
but when we reach out far and wide, we are not blind, to the people around us,
sometimes we choose not to see them, the faction we choose with which to have no interaction.
The people in our computers, not one is a stranger, we're aware of isolation, of misery and danger.
Look up you say, I say also, look down. be choosy in your company, make people laugh, smile,
stay for a while. Then continue what you are doing, who you are wooing. what you are viewing.
Be happy in your life, smell the flowers, share the flowers, be the power for good.
Look up from your phone, then look down, look around, do both, its okay, to live life,
Big Fashionista x x x
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