I spent twenty-one years hosting a morning radio show before hanging up the headphones in 2011. I understand the concept of marketing and promotions and have watched social media evolve. Sometimes evolution brings about positive change but I’m afraid that social media is heading in a negative direction. It’s breaking up relationships and ruining people’s lives. The rules have changed and you don’t do that in the middle of the game without facing resentment. There are many platforms in social media but the one that disturbs me the most is Facebook.
I really enjoyed Facebook when I joined in 2009. It was a great way to connect with listeners and catch up with old friends from high school and college. It’s also a great platform to try out “content.” Post some comments, observations and news stories and you can see what interests people by their interaction. I also have made “cyber friendships” with many people on Facebook that I have never met. I like to interact on topics and various discussions. I enjoy seeing the pictures and the videos of people on vacation and during their personal time. Like most things that are enjoyable it eventually turned into a money machine and that’s when Facebook stopped showing the love that it was receiving. Mark Zuckerberg originally created Facebook as a platform to rank women on the Harvard campus in 2003. In less than twenty years he has become a very rich man with an amazing amount of political clout because social media influencers have that luxury in 2021. Zuckerberg has been trying to change the rules of Facebook for years and it’s reached a point where you will be silenced if you don’t align within the political parameters of the Facebook regime. I’m a Libertarian. I’m Zuckerbergs worst nightmare. I’m a HUGE proponent of freedom of speech, limited government and the right to bear arms. I don’t believe in concealed carry. We already have that right with the second amendment. Facebook does NOT care for people like me because I am a free thinker and will not be told what to do, say or believe. Facebook has evolved into money making machine. They “shadow-ban” those that don’t drink the Kool-Aid. The abandoned the mission statement. They took their popularity and compromised their integrity. I still see them as a vital social media platform as they continue to have an amazing amount of engagement in the upper demo albeit their long-term future reeks of failure as the younger demo flocks to Tik-Tok and Instagram.
I stopped my weekly podcast back in March for reasons I will disclose in January 2022. I’m about to relaunch it soon and I need Facebook for the connection and promotion. That makes me a hypocrite and a realist. A podcast is truly a platform that cannot be censored. They can tell you what to say, how to say it and when to say it when you sign a contract with a media company. That’s not hypothetical that’s reality. I watched it happen. NEVER give up your creative freedom. Always control your content. Great content translates into great VALUE. I don’t make money off my podcast. It’s more of a connection and therapeutically beneficial to me. I could not even imagine what I would say if an employer approached me about a social media post they didn’t agree with. We all are free thinkers and independents. We absorb knowledge and then form an opinion (at least that’s the smart way to do it. Reactions come from anger and emotion). When you are chastised for what you believe then we no longer live in a free world. I have not defriended Facebook because I still see a purpose in it that benefits me. I’ll do my best not to be squelched on that platform for reasons of self promotion. MySpace shit the bed in 2008. I don’t think Facebook is far behind. Remember when you let social media control YOU…..the YOU have lost control. Thanks for reading and please be my friend on the evil Facebook.
DANNYLAND!! the widely popular podcast will return soon!!!