Social media is beer, not heroin: My response to places like Zen Pencils demonizing people’s love for Facebook and Twitter.
I think I made a “vlog”?
I feel like doing some mediation here between Zen Pencils and Nick because I like both of them very much.
I think we can create a metaphor for the worst of something without completely demonizing the totality of that thing. To say that social media can have an effect on us the way heroine has an effect on junkies is not necessarily saying social media is heroine. I think Zen Pencils’ comic illustrates vividly how social media can make us behave at its very worst. And I have heard/seen people talk about Tumblr and the negative effect it has had on their lives and self-esteem in a way that is very similar to what this comic illustrated.
But I also think Nick’s analogy of social media being more like beer is pretty solid. It’s a “substance” that helps some of us interact with others more freely, but can be abused and can turn us into real assholes.
But I don’t drink beer. I also don’t do heroine. And I don’t really have a negative relationship with social media. Nonetheless, neither of these metaphors bother me. Why? Because I think the Internet can be many different things to many different people. There is no central universal metaphor for what it is, or how it will make us behave.
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