Sometimes I hop onto social media and it is just exhausting. Most people cannot quit mainstream society and by extension, social media entirely and to an extent I think we shouldn’t, because I see it as a human responsibility to try to participate in a way we can, but I do believe in order to engage meaningfully we cannot be walking around depleted, devoid of our life force. Hence we should retreat whenever we need to.
can there be calm and safe spaces on the internet to collectively grieve and support each other on navigating all the personal and collective change?
My dream is for people to drop out from these major websites, but stay online. Keep the urge for connection and sharing that makes social media so appealing, but satisfy the urge in individual, unique, wonderful ways. I want people to maintain personal sites in the same way they wrote zines. I want people to share homemade music through homemade social networks, and to create both just for the pure love of it. I want our personalities to come through not just in the words or links we share, but in the URLS we use and the code we write. I dream of regional communities forming online, based around organically grown web rings, and for idiosyncrasies to form in the aesthetics of our sites based on the communities we learned to code from. Basically, to bring back all the things that made the early internet so exciting and open and welcoming. It's a little bit harder, but that's part of the charm. It means the connections you make are intentional, and everything you create and share online will always be yours, because you made everything yourself.
Don’t pressure yourself into making noise on the internet because you’re afraid of being forgotten.
Take your time & make something that will last longer than you will even if that means infrequent output.
Trends will get you there now, a unique and original feeling will last forever.
It’s nice when people treat their social media accounts as extensions of themselves, rather than as ads for themselves. The internet should not be a space to spam innocent bystanders with Soundcloud links and promotional blurbs. Instead, it should be a space to really exist inside of, and a place where you can forge connections that organically grow into mutual interest in—and support for—each other. The bridge to this is through organic connections and honest communication. Otherwise you’ll just be “using” the people who follow you for ego-soothing hearts and clicks.