AOC Teaches Democrats How to Use Social Media (and Why Social Media Politics is STUPID)
Because nothing proves a ‘brilliant politician’ like handing out SMACKS on Twitter on a daily basis
1/21/19, 6:52 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from People
For the record: I do like AOC.
Actually, more like kind of. I like that she’s so strong in her positions, but I don’t like how unwilling she is to let people challenge them. I like how driven she is at uniting the people who think exactly like her, but I don’t like how good she is at assuming that those who don’t are ALL bigoted, racist pieces of shit (at least that’s the way she comes off, I find). I like how she comes off as someone who realizes that politics is a team sport (one team: the country (or: human life, on a more basic thread)), but I don’t like how quickly she is to forgo that for sake of power politics and the same sort of easy, modern populism she decries the current president for utilizing almost every day. Really, I want to like AOC, because I think she could be someone who, if she were to take the reigns after realizing that she doesn’t know everything there is to know in the world (no one does), could actually make real conversations happen, something which anymore seems to have hit its peak in the mid-2000s with Howard Stern trying to get Artie laid (and I’m quite serious about that).
In other words: I don’t like social media politics.
This past Thursday, social media darling (well, actually: all of media outside of conservative circles) rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and fellow Democrat rep. Jim Hines from Connecticut taught a class to fellow Democrats on just that subject (social media). There is no footage of the actual class as far as I’ve been able to find. If one imagines people the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer or Elizabeth Warren having trouble even holding their phones in place in their hands, I’m sure it has nothing to do with the brilliant questions asked at the Mark Zuckerberg hearings last year.
California rep Ted Lieu tweeted: “With @AOC, @RepDebDingell, @jahimes, @davidcicilline, @RepCartwright & @Twitter representatives at training session on Twitter for Democratic Members of Congress. The below pic is called a selfie,” with a ‘selfie’ of him, AOC and another (listed below) (whatever a ‘selfie’ is). Of the ‘class’, Jim Hines said: “The older generation of members and senators is pretty clueless on the social media platforms. It’s pretty clear that a lot of members have 25-year-olds in their offices [running their social media],” to USA Today.
Social media, beyond being a simple tool to easily connect people (like text messaging or AIM) is nothing more than a branding exercise shined up as a deification machine meant to make a shit-ton of money for the people willing to exploit that part of the human condition that is loneliness and the desire for admiration (yes, I’m going here) (#JosieAndThePussyCatsIsWildlyUnderrated). Mark Zuckerberg’s objective is to make money, not ‘connect the world’, if, for any other reason, the fact that he cannot ‘connect the world’ if his company is broke. He touts this ‘connection’ as his platform enables more people every day to ignore the world around them, and the people in it, for the fake, aggrandized, shined-up versions of those people–or as shined up as they can make themselves appear on their Facebook and Instagram profiles–and the fake reality that is a two-dimensional world operating as a transistor for our, real, three-dimensional one.
He’s ‘connecting’ us only as much as we become more disconnected from the real world of the physical, for the digital world of the internet. He makes us ignore those around us, for more time on our phones someplace far away in the ether of the two-dimensional space void of the natural progression of time (what is life? (This life? Time?? what is: knowledge)), or even right here talking to the person literally sitting across from me, but having no human contact, only digital. I can sit here in the library connected through Facebook to the entire world, yet never have to say an actual word to anyone, or many any human contact, outside of these mere' brands and smiles I see every three posts on Facebook (in between the ones about the apocalypse of course).
I bring this up for a specific political reason (politics here: combination of people thinking and doing in order to understand how people think and do things and as suck think and act accordingly): so long as people misunderstand what we’re talking about when it comes to social media, we’re only diving farther into this hole of hatred and divisiveness. Social media cannot ‘connect’ people in any physical, rational or metaphysical sense, only in a psychological one. This is not real life here, life is too easily manipulative on the Internet. The Internet was founded as, and utilized at first, as a way to connect businesses, and businesses with consumers. Nothing has changed, only, as Marx predicted (because he was so right about everything) and as every other technological progression potentially influential of how people buy things (and how much they buy) has, what we’re told. Yes, it’s nice to talk to someone a thousand miles away, but that’s not really what any of these social media companies are selling:
They’re selling the opportunity to brand yourself as a company, as an artist, or simply as who you want to be to the rest of the world.
And unless you’re making them more money than you are taking time away from those who are making them more money, you’re their enemy.
But that’s not the point here. Creating a healthy brand in the Jungian sense and attempting to run something of a business for whatever they enjoy producing is not what most people do with social media (that first ‘not the point here’ aside), because that’s not what anybody thinks these companies are for. They think these companies are about having friends, healthily learning one’s self and ‘connecting’ people because the companies themselves have to think of themselves that way, or else realize how futile their whole schticks are: any artist/company can build their own brands on the internet. As such social media has to convince people that there essentially is no internet without them.
You can make your own website, but you won’t be a part of the real online community if you’re not on Instagram.
It’s this twisted sense of Jungian ‘branding’ conformed to the prospect of two-dimensional ‘community’ which makes these companies valuable. It is an idea consciously ignorant of Plato’s ‘one in the many’, or any sense of the yin/yang understanding which Jung so prominently involved in his thinking (and that link is really just an intro– The Undiscovered Self, Modern Man in Search of a Soul and any textbooks regarding Jung’s archetypes or the collective unconscious are pretty good next steps).
It’s no wonder that someone like Donald Trump, who’s spent his entire career manipulating the media (a medium dedicated to, and who’s entire existence currently rests upon, the deification of great people and stories), became president in a time when it was actually controversial for Twitter to raise its character limit from 140 to 280 (some of the backlash is warranted, but because it recognized Twitter’s ‘thing’ as being that character limit (a ‘thing’ is what actually warrants any allusion to ‘community’, but only with an empty shell if it’s still failing to realize it’s actual function (three-dimensional function) as a branding tool (and what’s Facebook’s ‘thing’, anyway? No, wait– the wall???)). Twitter said ‘good luck having intelligent debate with 140 characters; you can barely write an intelligible full sentence within that’, and Trump responded with: “Pft; 140? I’ll do it in 25 (characters) (make american great again!).”
It’s the situation every power hungry politician has been wetting their beds dreaming of since antiquity: the populous actually asking you to come off as nothing more than someone who wants more power for the sake of having power (if you’re not willing to hear the other side, no matter what the situation may be, that is what you are (because real power, first and foremost, comes from compromising with the ‘other side’)), and dumbing down every speech and every campaign promise to nothing but simple catch-phrases/mantras, memes (Dawkins) and easy-to-follow food recipes.
AOC might not be there yet, but she’s certainly on her way. Far worse, however, is that she’s making it FAR easier, and very much so the norm, even more so than Trump (which, if you read the news like, at all is saying a FUCKING TON), to utilize social media in this way and to rescind politics back to the days of Greece and Troy fighting over some chick (that was a joke– a better metaphor would have been Hitler and Stalin (think about it)). That’s what this ‘class’ is about, and it’s what (smart) people mean when they refer to Trump as Hitler:
Propaganda has many faces.
The most affective are the prettiest ($$$).
Now that’s how you teach ‘Democrats’ how to use social media (OOOOOOOHHHHHH!!!!!!!– BURN! SMACKED! DESTROYED! REKT! CLOBBERED! SLAPPED! RUINED! SLAMMED!).