Did you hear that they are creating a social media channel just for Donald Trump? That will teach those wimps at Twitter who dared to banish him. It will make the crap from Trump easier to ignore. Parents will also be able to block it as they would a porn site.
As a person who used computers for communications and research before there was an Internet, I have never had any patience for social media. While I did some testing of how some of the early programs worked, I found I was neither impressed nor interested. Though the wife uses Facebook. Like many, she uses it to keep track of our far-flung family and the growing numbers of third and fourth generation youngsters. That seems an appropriate use for Facebook that was reportedly created in the beginning by Zuckerberg and friends to help get sex partners for college-age geeks.
But today, we read articles discussing social media as though its use defines this generation. Thankfully it is not my generation, although you can include writing a blog as a form of social media. While I might be too caught up in the dark side of politics today, it has not always been thus. I found politics fascinating and lots of fun back in the years of Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau. I enjoyed some of the perks and took many of the bruises.
I started this blog as just another test of the Internet and was pleased that people were reading it. I found that there was actually a need for insight into politics. It has become more than just a hobby. Of course, readership peaks during elections. There was also considerable interest in Donald Trump during his misadventures in Washington. Like many who follow politics, figuring out the appeal and ongoing influence of that despicable man is a serious challenge. He continues to act as a malevolent child.
Yet politics in Canada can also be depressing. It is hard not to get caught up in the name calling and recriminations. We wallow in poor leadership. You try to encourage the good guys and gals in elected positions even if they are so alone in the dreary political swamps of today. As Walt Kelly’s favourite possum Pogo used to say: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
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