Making-a-Point 01: Social Media. What gives?

This was actually written in the first Journal entry, 'Journal 01: An Introductory Post' but was excluded for the sake of staying on point. Digressing only serves to dilute a point. Contextually, the texts below are in relation to the second law of thermodynamics which is as follows (in the quote):

For your added convenience, entropy is a unit measure of disorder, or randomness; typically measured in physics through heat or noise.

The second law (of thermodynamics) states that entropy always increases, for any closed system with no external influences.
— Joanne Baker


If you ask me, that's the primary issue behind social media.

You see, social media is without question, a part of our culture that the advent of technology has played a huge role in. As a part of our culture, it is also undoubtedly a part of our lives. We interact on social media because it is the arena in which we participate - even if only virtually - amongst our peers and make our presence be known; we are validated through likes and likewise, we validate others through our likes and compliments.

Perhaps morbidly, social media platforms are for us to both pay and receive homage, and I don't think that's too far from the truth given the bevvy of articles across many, many years regarding narcissism and how a social media presence feeds it (and our addiction to our phones, fuck I cannot elaborate on how I want to smack people that use their phones at the dinner table).

How the second law of thermodynamics fits into this is in the perversion of ideals - it is certainly nothing new to humanity as it's something we've been doing since the beginning - someone comes along and decides that Facebook/Twitter/Instagram (insert other social media platforms here), as a community and a network, can be tapped for 'insert xxx reason'.

And that's how the noise begins, entropy increases as a result of our newsfeeds becoming diluted by irrelevance. Posts that show people are politically // socio-culturally in-tune with what's trending. It's fine once in awhile, because admittedly it is reflective of an individual's personality, however I'd like to consider the psychological idea of the importance of a coherent self-identity.

And take my word for it, as an individual that struggles with his own self-identity, it is a very very crucial thing for everyday function.

But essentially, what happens then is that because our social media presences are reflective of us - avatars basically - they become an exercise in curating posts which help to create the image that we want to drive across to our peers. As opposed to being about us, it becomes about what we want others to see of us.

Obviously, we're not entirely blind to that (I sincerely hope so) and so we don't buy that bullshit, we know better, and social media loses its point because what good is inaccurate information?

Albert PangComment