I’ve been fascinated by social media ever since the early days, leveraging it the place attainable, and diving in early and blindly when new platforms arose.
Now is a really fascinating time in social media. I imagine it’ll proceed to evolve and enhance, degrade and enhance once more, and I’m pleased we’re lastly “coming around” to the harms it might do. I imagine now we have all of the items in entrance of us to make it not dangerous and a helpful piece of our lives;
- know-how and lots of keen technologists
- schooling to assist us design supportive know-how platforms
- alerts from folks that it have to be higher
While I intend to dig in deeply to the above matters, seeing if I can apply a few of my power to make any minor systemic enchancment, that is not what this put up is about.
Surrounding the US Capital riots in January 2021, another platform referred to as Parler was getting used to plan the riots, and was taken down by quite a few internet hosting platforms on January ninth. This was the primary I heard about it, and was too late to obtain it from the Apple App retailer earlier than it was eliminated. I put my identify on the waitlist.
Fast ahead to May seventeenth 2021, Parler returns to the App Store. After being prodded by way of e-mail, I ultimately signed up and poked across the app, a lot much less enthused than as soon as was. Never actually dug in, whole display screen time since then about 5 minutes.
However, I did proceed to obtain what felt like an affordable stream of newsletters and paid for content material (upon evaluate there are ~3 emails every week which truly appears sort of obnoxious).
The content material of those emails is solely totally different from what I normally see and eat. Reading them has offered for me a lesson about psychological fashions of the world, as if anybody is utilizing this as their major info and advert supply, how my psychological mannequin of the world could be vastly totally different than theirs.
Specifically, the adverts. The adverts are simply… mesmerizing. I believed I’d do some artwork venture and glue a couple of of the pictures from the emails collectively. Enjoy.