Controlling the narrative

Controlling the narrative

OMG I am loving that social media is expanding!

Isn’t this great?

But my thoughts go to, is this just a fad?

Or will it actually be sustainable?

I mean, come on man. 

There have been others that have tried to edge in on Facebook and Twitter’s phenomenal success.

Where are they now?

Who can tell me who they were?

But with this election, MeWe and Parler have become a “thing”. Right now they are only popular with the conservative crowd. This could be a problem.

Dueling Social Media?

Do we really want dueling social media? Facebook for Democrats and MeWe for Republicans?

Where would be the polite exchange of ideas?

It is said that we mirror those that we hang out with. So having dueling social media platforms would only mean that the country would become even more divided than it is at the present time.

That being said, I really and truly want Facebook and Twitter to have some competition.

I hate this whole fact check thing. Drives me nuts. I am a responsible adult, I want to form my own opinion. I get Facebook and Twitter are responsible for the content on their platform, but what is the saying?

Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen.

My thing is, if we don’t get all sorts of beliefs over to these new platforms, we, and the platforms as well, are doomed to fail.

And CNN steps in

And now on to the new developments as of this morning.

For those of you who just LOVE CNN. To be honest I do listen to CNN. Now I can’t take much of them, but I do scroll through the news channels so I get another perspective.

I find it funny that those who are screaming, “Stop watching FoxNews!” are those that are guilty the most of only getting one point of view. They ONLY watch CNN and take that as gospel.

Did you read yesterday’s rant? “Who is Controlling you?” Whoever is writing the narrative is the one who is in control. CNN desperately wants to be in control. They want to control the narrative of the country and maybe even the world (insert evil laugh here).

And ya know, that’s ok. They are in business and they have lofty goals. It’s good to have goals. What I have issues with is the way they go about their one-sided narrative, but we are back to the point of, “he who controls the narrative…”

But I am getting sidetracked again. My point with CNN.

CNN has just crowned Parler as the new king. Yup, they did it!

How do you ask?

They just proclaimed that people going to Parler were going to be a threat to democracy.

I won’t link it, because I don’t need those kinds of backlinks, but google it or duck duck it, you will easily find it.

They made many of the points that I made, who knew I would think like CNN? Here is a quote

“I think big picture Pamela, here’s the concerning trend line here: people are going more and more into their own echo chambers, more and more into their own bubbles, especially Trump voters,” 

So I agree. We do need an exchange of ideas, but is CNN just bending the narrative to fit their goals? I am just an ignorant deplorable, but I think that is their goal. 

What is wrong with them wanting to make Facebook and Twitter the only social media? Is there a problem?

A Bit of History

Let’s stroll back in History for a sec, shall we?

Why did the pilgrims risk their very lives to have a new life here in what is now the United States?

Go ahead, think back into your history class for a second, I’ll wait right here for you.

I’ll boil it down for you, and not even bring religion into it. Religion is not involved really, but, ok, kind of in the next statement.

They were being told they could only be part of the chosen religion. Anything else was bad.

Oh my.

Now go back to CNN. You can only participate in the current social media(Facebook and Twitter), anything else is bad (Parler).

Were the pilgrims wanting to be in an “echo chamber” with only people of their own thoughts and ideas? Yes, but that wasn’t the only reason.

They wanted the freedom to be able to do what they wanted to do, uncensored!

Not an echo chamber, but a place of freedom! What is that Amendment? Freedom of Speech?

The First Amendment of the United States Constitutions protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. It prohibits any laws that establish a national religion, impede the free exercise of religion, abridge the freedom of speech, infringe upon the freedom of the press, interfere with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibit citizens from petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. – copied directly from Cornell Law School

We have the right to speak our minds. And Facebook and Twitter have been fact-checking us. Now the last time I was fact-checked was in college and I guess I was actually paying someone to do it. I sure don’t pay social media to do it.

Back to CNN

For some reason, they think that people getting uncensored information will be the end of democracy. They won’t control the media so they will lose their favored status!

I think we are sensible human beings and can sort the fact from the fiction. 

Let me put this another way. CNN spouts stuff that isn’t true, do their viewers fact check them?

Now I stand behind what I say, that all viewpoints need to be on Parler and MeWe, but this? WOW!

I can’t even tell you my feelings on CNN saying this will be a threat to democracy.

What happened to the melting pot? The meeting and exchanging of ideas? Look at all the different cultures and people living and working together? As one country?

Conclusion

I truly hope that these new platforms survive.  

I want there to be a true choice when it comes to my social media.

I want to be able to have a voice and not be censored for it.

I truly hope that when people tire of Facebook and Twitter telling them how to think, they will look for a new outlet.

I hope that maybe they are just curious as to what the draw is they will come on over to the new social media platforms.

I want to see them here.

I want to see different ideas.

I want to have the freedom to create my own narrative.

What do you want for your life?

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