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A simple, scientific look at #socialmedia and the rise of the sheeple

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This will be the shortest, most mind-numbingly boring post you will ever see on this blog but it doesn’t matter, because the point of it isn’t to entertain.

The point of it is to test a theory that social media is turning many of us into sheep who will like or follow something just because they are told to, or because “everybody else is doing it”.

As much as the part of me that loves Nineteen Eighty-Four, intellectual debate and music on vinyl doesn’t want to believe it’s true, the rational part of me has seen enough evidence to suggest sheeple are about to take over the world.

If we’ve progressed to the point as an electronic-based society where we do things just because we are told to, we really are screwed.

Here’s how we’re going to test my sheeple theory:

1. I’m going to provide the links to both The Dissemination of Thought Facebook page and my Twitter account below.
2. Then I’m going to tell you I’m fucking awesome and possibly the smartest – and funniest – human being on the planet, and that all the popular kids are following my musings.
3. At this stage, I’m going to tell you to follow me because, if you don’t, the universe will ostracise you as you disappear into a black hole of social media oblivion.
4. This is the point where the sheeple will pick up their smartphones or iPad and click the follow button simply because I said to, without giving a moment’s thought as to why they are doing so. It’s also the point where the anti-sheeples* will consider whether they want to follow a vodka-swilling lunatic or flee terrified from cyberspace.
5. Step five is where the anti-sheeples who decided to follow me will do so, even if it’s just to make them feel a little more normal about their own eccentricities. But, in order to prove my theory, I want the anti-sheeples to also leave a brief comment on this post as to why they followed me, so I can compare the number of new sheeple v anti-sheeple followers.

* Author’s note: If this isn’t real thing, it soon will be.

In all honesty, I’m expecting to gain more followers than I am comments, because it doesn’t take any time or independent thought to be a sheeple. If that turns out to be the cases, the anti-sheeples should kiss their loved ones goodbye and head directly to their Judgment Day shelters to wait out the reign of monosyllabic stupidity. If my calculations are correct, it should only last about 147 years.

If you have an aversion to 140-character bursts of communication and refuse to become a Twitter whore, you can always like The Dissemination of Thought Facebook page.

Either way, please don’t be a sheeple.

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September 26, 2012 at 12:19

Tolerance and Twitter: why God doesn’t care about hashtags

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Tolerance. It’s easier to say than to practically apply. A piece today on Impassioned Rantings of an Unbalanced Mind looks at religious types who are demonstrating impressive levels of intolerance toward the Twitter hashtag #godisnotgreat following the death of Christopher Hitchens. Like many who push hatred and narrow-mindedness, these God-fearing, allegedly benevolent individuals are doing so via the safety and relative anonymity of the internet. After reading it, I have to question whether for some, it’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do”.

Isn’t it ironic that those who are often the least tolerant of difference are the same people whose beliefs preach compassion for others and the acceptance of their flaws and misgivings? Let’s face it: regardless of what you believe, what form your deity takes or whether you have the spirituality of a cardboard box, we’re all pretty fucked up.

Without getting too deep and philosophical (because that’s so not me), we need to remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, and just because someone doesn’t have the same religious persuasion as you doesn’t make them wrong. Someone isn’t any better or worse than you because they’ve made different life decisions. At the end of the day, we’re all just living. If we can accept that and accept others, it’s a step in the right direction.

Would a “peace out” in closing be too much?

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