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This is a spoof of course and true of course. I posted it to Facebook a while ago but it has disappeared from my timeline (hmmm).

Facebook is a deeply entrenched cultural phenomenon, not a fad but a fact. It has become a medium of communication as important as the mobile phone. It is of course controlled by the elites and is monitored; it collects information on us collectively and can be used to track us individually if we become ‘persons of interest’ to the ‘security services’. While most of us will never become persons of interest in our own right individuals can be picked off, and made an example of as in the case of Azhar Ahmed, if the establishment wants to assert control over what can be said.

Why am I on Twitter?

According to this chart from flowtown.com I shouldn’t be using Twitter. I rarely post and rarely check Twitter for posts for people/organisations I’m supposedly ‘following’.

Admittedly there’s usually something of interest to click on when I do look but is this enough? In itself no but perhaps there is another potential to Twitter inherent in it being part of an ‘information stream’. Using Twitter is or can be stepping into that stream becoming part of an instant zeitgeist.

Whether anyone sees my post is irrelevant. It takes no time to post. I will post a link to this reflection on Twitter and Facebook by just clicking a couple of icons. Most people who ‘follow’ me of Twitter or are friend on Facebook will not see this, fewer will read it. Never mind it’s just being thrown out there into the Stream (note the capitalisation).

Maybe there’s an insight of sorts here. Twitter, Facebook and our other many-to-many communication media have become a communications Stream and we can choose to contribute to that.

According to the diagram most of us should get off Twitter and I would right now if I took myself or Twitter more seriously. I don’t. What I possibly take seriously is the notion that all this is part of a social evolution and that Twitter, Facebook, blogs and the rest form a collectively authored whole that has value because of its inclusiveness as much as for any creative worth that can be found in individual contributions. Whereas once the majority were denied the opportunity to contribute to art and literature because of our mediocrity we are now contributing to, not just a magnum opus but to THE Magnum Opus.