Hello? Hello? Hello?

Hello? Hello? Hello?
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?

With Facebook one can feel confident that at least one person will probably see your post.  As long as it isn't a victim of the 'alogrithm', you know it will appear on someones wall, assuming you have "Friends".  You may never get any indication of it, 'Likes ' aren't guaranteed, but you can be almost certain that someone reads it.  Such is the allure of Facebook, home of the 'wannabe's, the 'look at me's  etc...  I don't need to continue.  If you have read this far you know my feelings about the followers and zealots of the Church of Zuckerburg.  So where am I going with this?  I don't know!  I do remember that I felt safe posting to Facebook.  I knew I hadn't inflicted myself on anyone.  Facebook did it!!  Not like an email that invades somebody's personal digital space.  I didn't fear the embarrassment of  a ridiculing or hurtful, offended response.

I have just posted "Sunshine" and the thought occurred to me that I spent over two and a half hours writing it.  Why did I do that?  Write the post I mean, not ask the question.  No denying writing is cathartic.  As they say "Better out than in".  But I don't know that it is healing.  I feel good about the time and effort I put into crafting the words.  I could be so bold and arrogant as to say 'proud of my words'.  Yes proud.  I feel like I have created something worth while.  But so what?

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Catharsis,  meaning “cleansing” in Greek, refers to a literary theory first developed by the philosopher Aristotle, who believed that cleansing our emotions was the purpose of a good story, especially a tragedy. Catharsis applies to any form of art or media that makes us feel strong negative emotions, but that we are nonetheless drawn to – we may seek out art that creates these emotions because the experience purges the emotions from our system. We can feel something intense, then walk out of the theater feeling better afterwards. Catharsis is roughly synonymous with the idea of “blowing off steam.”

If no one reads it, does it matter?  Am I writing it just for me or am I hoping someone will read it and think "what a fine fellow he is".  Do I care?  Should I care?  Of course I do.  It would be nice to think someone has an opinion.  I am considering a Facebook like 'Like' button.  Would you be interested?  Should I do it?  Please complete the anonymous form below.  It is completely optional.  Just ignore it.  Ha!  I dont care!  See if I care!

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  1. Kerry02/08/2020

    So I did not see the like poll….sorry…..also you are a fine fellow but I have to keep a diary date to check your posts on this website now (in the same way I allow myself too with the dreaded Facebook). In these strange times I find I am using my electronic devices more for shopping or checking deliveries so prefer to stay off them when I can…..justification for not always looking I guess! Just because that tree falls in the forest and may or may not be heard……being out of sight does not mean out of mind! 💞

  2. Laurel+Freeland29/11/2020

    I am reading this backlog in a catch up, now in November. My library contacted me last week and advised that my book was available for collection. i must have ordered it a LONG time ago as i had no recollection. When i collected it i thought i must have been in a bleak mood as the book was super thick, tiny print and entitled, ‘Surveillance Capitalism.’ Initially determined not to read it I real the first 12 pages with my eyes wide. I really admire you for dumping Facebook. They make it so easy and convenient but really suck you into their algorithmic subtle behaviour change. We will all be robots soon. Needless to say I am going to read the book now. Maybe I will be ready to biff FB by the end. So good on you to stand on your principles.


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