Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Look Down



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,


Look Down. 

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,
slowly.

"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,
YOUR WAY.


Big Fashionista x x x

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4 comments

  1. Love that! I'm with you all the way. I adore social media, not least because I work from home and it gives me the equivalent of watercooler banter whenever I fancy a break. Even better, it's raised my consciousness about all sorts of world affairs, I've found and become involved with women who are as furious about sexism as I am, I've discovered support and advice for dealing with my breakdown and depression and I've witnessed goats doing stupid things. Social media isn't all of my life because I have friends and family and a child but it is a significant part of it and a part that gives me joy, rage, giggles, interest and information. And finally, without it I wouldn't have discovered the wonderful Big Fashionista. What else is there to say?

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  2. Great post!

    I can see where he’s coming from, but I don’t agree with him. I especially take issue with the part about telling people not to be reserved and reclusive. Has he never met an introvert?

    My first reaction was to say “jog on, I’ll live my life as I see fit and so should everyone else”, so I’m glad to see I’m not alone in that opinion.

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  3. I love this post, and you. Don't tell anyone though, I can't have people thinking I'm an old softie. ;)

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  4. Absolutely agree. Social media doesn't interfere with my real life friendships, which are many and varied. It has just allowed me to meet a whole new bunch of like minded people, broaden my horizons, learn an enormous amount and make new friends. I now count among my best friends people I've met on Twitter, and they've been enormously helpful in helping me to understand and work through my mental health issues. I would also echo Cath's point about working from home, which could be very isolating, and I'd add to that living alone. I never feel lonely or disconnected thanks to my network of Twitter friends; and yes they are friends. This isn't instead of 'old fashioned' life; it's merely an extra and very enriching dimension.

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