Nobody will read this post, but yet I’m writing it anyway. So why am I doing that?
Not to make things complicated, I don’t like primary social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – all for their own reasons. While I do still use Reddit, it’s a different type of beast. I mainly use it to give tech support in my free time and find certain information about various topics. I don’t use it like the typical person would on a social media platform – to socialize and spread their own personal information and pictures.
I’ve never been addicted to social media. I’ve always had a Facebook but never cared to use it. I never understood how people got hooked into it. Same thing with fast food – it’s crappy food that isn’t really inexpensive, and is always coupled with terrible service and usually health violations across the board. So why would I go to a fast food joint? Well, I don’t.
I don’t use things I don’t care about or don’t like. Seems sort of obvious, but as a capitalist I take that idea to heart. And not everyone else seems to do the same, and I can’t quite understand it.
I always got that impression with Apple iPhones – everybody complains about how expensive they are and the lack of features, and while people are slowly moving over to Android more and more, a very large portion of the market is going towards Apple phones. When people were outraged about the price of the iPhone X, I wondered why people just didn’t buy the phone. If nobody bought the phone, then they would lower the price. That’s capitalism. That’s what you’re supposed to do.
If you keep buying iPhones, then they will forever be expensive. Plus, when you buy iPhones, you support slavery and gruesome working conditions in Chinese factories. Whether or not you realize it, it’s the truth.
When you buy Nestle anything, like water, or their many food products, you also support slavery in Latin American countries. Whether or not you personally support it, your money went towards the support of it. So it doesn’t matter what you think at the end of the day – you funded it regardless.
The same principle applies here. I don’t like the concept of Facebook and the other sites being able to claim intellectual property of my content. If I post a picture to Instagram, I want to know that it’s *my* picture still, and not Instagram’s. My work is my work, and I should have the rights to my work.
Subsequently, my life is my life, and I don’t like the idea of my personal information being mined and sold to companies for analytical reasons. And I don’t want companies trying to brainwash me based on how I write my posts. I think this is the symptom of a company getting too big and having too much power.
In a well functioning market, I could easily switch to another company that isn’t doing that. But these large platforms don’t have competition. That’s not capitalism’s fault – it’s the absence of capitalism. But it’s also the fault of the people using these platforms too…
Why are people putting up with any of this? Why are people putting up with any corporate corruption? Why do people still give money to Bayer and Monsanto? Why do we support them when we know of their evil? It’s silly, and downright stupid.
As much as I can, I try to not be like that. I don’t buy food from Monsanto, and I don’t buy drugs from Bayer. I will never buy a Johnson and Johnson product for as long as I live. I will always go for the next option, or I won’t go with anything at all. If all deodorant companies turned evil, I’d stop buying deodorant. I don’t care about that. What I care about is not having a totally corrupt world. Which we already have, and people are too stupid to do anything about it.
I try my best to not be like that. Occasionally it’s hard. I still have to support the monopoly of Verizon in my area for internet service. But on that front, there is no choice. But with social media, I had a choice. And I’d rather have 0 viewers over the chance of having thousands just to not support these large companies. Zuckerberg can go to hell.
There’s nothing wrong with me having my own blog. It works the same as having a Facebook page, and I can write short and simple posts like on Twitter if I want. Plus, I run the site, manage it how I like, and it’s my property. Sure, I have to pay for the hosting and the domain, but it’s not much money. Hell, I’d have been paying for Facebook this whole time if they had a paid option, which included them not selling my information. Which they wouldn’t have to do if we just gave them money.
I’d pay for YouTube as well – if they made a commitment to not make their service so shitty. We pay for things we need, and things we use a lot. We pay for nice things all the time and have no problem with it. Considering how much we put on social media, and how much we all use it, why aren’t we paying for that too?
So yes, nobody knows about this blog, and probably nobody ever will. But I don’t care, since at the end of the day, I’m doing the right thing. And you should be too.