- Posted October 21, 2013 by
Reading, United Kingdom
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The written word: Your personal essays
(An Experience of Social Media)
With reference to some well-known social media networks, the question that I would like to invite people to ask is just how much unrestrained freedom should be encouraged or even allowed. After browsing again for a few years, a small portion of the social media websites that I used to browse, again the same crude and sometimes pornographic photographs emerge. By small portion I am literally referring to two of the best known sites.
What began as enjoyment with people that it was thought I knew, the experience soon changed to having to view some horrific pictures interspersed with a heavy dose of seemingly religious photographs, indeed the religious photographs looked very genuine. Sooner than later, I began to see strange comments, like “you can’t tell me what to do.” I had to think hard over such repeated comments, and came to realise they may have been in response to a few helpful warnings I had sent to the author of the comments.
The point has come when I have seen some pictures of a famous actress outside of Hollywood. The nature of some of her photographs is such that it gives me serious doubts about whether the pictures are genuine and above all, whether the actress in question is really aware of the content of the blatantly offensive photographs.
I have noted that the pages that appear on one of these social networks are supplied by Wikileaks. It is no secret that the founder has publicly declared a certain critic of his as a freak and a lunatic, confident in the knowledge that he does not really need to name that person. Wikileaks have no doubt gained respect and some glory for leaking official US secrets. This leads me to ask whether the actors and actresses in question really have the resources to fight back at such dubious information websites and even at these social media networks. The likelihood is certainly that these celebrities do not. After all, their own spendthrift habits mean that most of their royalties disappear into property estates and holidays and travel. And as for the social media networks, we can all see how they spend their money. Yet where do such social media obtain their money? This is a burning question that needs to be answered.
As regards the function of these social media networks- I do not know the majority of the friends on my webpage. On the second media network, I have not bothered to make friends with people I simply do not know.
Returning to the photographs that led me to say all this, I guess that the argument against what I have just said is that “Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder.” Okay, fine. However if the eyes of the beholder are bombarded with such photographs of people that millions of people probably do love immensely, the minds behind those eyes will suffer a psychotic blindness as to what they naturally prefer to see from their favourite movie star or musical performer.
My experience, at any rate, is that of undergoing a psychotic decay. I find myself becoming sluggish, bored and ungratified. In a big way, it’s great that I need to look for work to stay on benefits. That keeps me busy, see? But then if you can’t see what I am aiming at, you are probably ahead in the league of intoxicated internet users.
So how much unrestrained freedom should we have? We should have a very limited one, in my view. As regards that information website, the owner of whom has been sued by a not so wealthy person as he, can I suggest detention behind bars?
© “Psychotic Decay” by Hasan Abdulla, 10/2013