But (lol) much as my leaving social media has done wonders for my personal wellbeing and mental health – for reasons I detail in this post – it has not helped my business or my creativity. This is mainly thanks to the pandemic, with lack of in person socialising making online socialising more useful than ever.
So, my business and my creativity, not me, will be going back on some social media. Time spent on it will be very limited and for very specific purposes. I won’t be posting selfies, or letting people into my personal life, or discussing my political opinions. Mainly because my political opinions these days amount to: “fuck off and leave me alone”. The only political movement I’d be tempted by for the foreseeable is Bill Hick’s “People Who Hate People Party”:
I have no interest in participating in a society in which, as someone observant apparently said: ‘tolerance will reach such a level that intelligent people will be banned from thinking so as not to offend the imbeciles’. I don’t think we’re quite there yet, but the more we shut up and try to appease the terminally offended, the more it becomes possible. In the meantime art, creativity and culture are silenced and strangled to death by the kind of people who will claim words are violence while brandishing weapons and threatening to throat punch you.
Social media appears to enable and reward the most toxic personality types and delusional, aggressive and stupid behaviour, Twitter being worst. I want to spend a few hours a week using them like I want to spend a few hours a week in a gulag. But since so many of you insist on staying in the damn gulag, it seems I am forced to come back in and join you. Through the great big hole in the wall. You know, the one that leads outside, back into the real world?
Plato’s allegory of the cave no longer seems to be an allegory.
Anyway, there are still quite a few of you out there who like the work I am still willing to show and that makes me happy, so I’ll do what I want. I have a feeling my best friend on social media will be the block function though, as those platforms are so full of absolute nutters. I will be posting content I cannot risk posting there here, as well as reposting some content I had previously redacted, because fuck self-censorship. Elsewhere, I will try to remain radio friendly, but won’t be surprised when I get banned for reasons Kafka would be proud of.
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And if there’s a platform you recommend, let me know.