“One cannot not communicate”

(Paul Watzlawick)

Well, I am a destroyer of wor(l)ds.

People who have known me a while are aware I created and destroyed a sizeable amount of blogs (or blog-like structures) over the years. All on a whim. Pairing this destructive trait with the ever-waning popularity of the blog format on the internet, you might raise an important question: Why start a new one?

Having asked myself that very question, I’ll be frank with you. I don’t quite know (yet). Though I have a basic idea about the upcoming content of this blog. However, I am not entirely sure what my own intentions are. Let me try and explain what I know so far.

First, I’ll explain that I have the same on-off relationship with social media as I have with blogs. I create accounts, use them for a while, delete them again. Rumour has it, I once recreated a Facebook account to use Tinder. What a colossal waste of EVERYONE’s time. It’s a constant tug of war between my inherent need to get in contact with others and my threshold for bullshit.

This time around, though, social media made the decision for me. Out of the sudden, I had an unfixable login-issue with my Instagram-account(s). Even after using all my tech-savviness, the problem would persist. Coupled with yet another questionable terms of use update, I decided that Mark can Zuck(erberg) it. Finally, I got rid of all Facebook-owned services in my life. (Try explaining THAT to your parents!)

What followed were a few days (weeks?) of filling the void with scrolling other services. My methadone of choice was tumblr and reddit. However, I could not shake the feeling that all I did was swap a lake full of lava with a river of acid to cross. Please, if there is a God, don’t you ever give me an overview of my time spent in social media. Especially, do never tell me how many of these interactions were actually meaningful. I have my suspicions about that, and would rather leave it there.

Also, I made my third attempt at finishing The Social Dilemma on Netflix. I still haven’t finished it. Mostly because I cannot handle the harsh truth that this isn’t a Black Mirror episode anymore. This is happening. Social media are designed to be addicting. They are a drug. And they are in the hands of massive corporations who will not care about consequences as long as they don’t affect the bottom line. Most disturbingly, they are gleefully experimenting with how much they can influence you.

And those experiments work!

Look, a lot has been written about the subject already. Way smarter people than me have dealt with the topic far more eloquently than I can. By no means am I saying you have to get rid immediately, but you HAVE TO be aware.

My own decision from that point onwards was clear. Yesterday, I deleted all of these timesinks from my devices. I vowed to be way more selective about which services are worth my time. I am not yet sure, whether I can actually pull this off. If anything, this should be an indicator of how dangerous all this is. Quitting a free online service should not fill you with dread, should it?

(Sidenote: I am aware that some of this blog’s elements still contain social menus and like buttons. I see the contradiction to what I just said, but unfortunately, I cannot remove those. Be it my incompetence or the fact that they might just be part of the system now. In any way, they are a suspicious reminder of the omnipresence of social media in our lives.)

Finally, what is this blog going to be about?

That part is easy to answer. I want it to be a hodgepodge of all the little things I usually would post in social media. A place to let you know what is going on in my life. Expect mad ramblings, awful puns, the occasional insightful witticism (probably stolen) and maybe pictures of cute cats.

No real agenda, just a place to empty my head.
It’s a personal blog, dummy!

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