We “digital citizens” have social media to get loud. Corporations and billionaires have politicians and journalists for this. Many of the workers and “little people” who suffer most today, however, remain digitally silent – you neither see nor hear them.
Even if corporations and the very rich who got even richer in the “pandemic” (by around 1 trillion dollars, according to cbsnews.com, October 20, 2020 and Transverse Waves) want to express their opinion, they will continue to be more willingly obedient than ever to the politicians and journalists who made it possible.
And we digital citizens still have social media – including blogs. On these “toilet walls of the Internet” we can ask those questions that those-up-there don’t want you to ask – as long as the questions don’t get too cheeky, because then the anonymous censors come and delete what they think is the “wrong opinion“. However, as long as we know how to meander past the censors – it doesn’t hurt to master the art of talking points – and as long as we know how to balance safely enough on the tightrope of what can be said and avoid falling into the flames of hell for political correctness, we can shout loudly here.
According to current statistics, almost four billion people worldwide are active in social media; this is roughly half of the living homo sapiens on this planet.
Half of the living human race is on social media! That is impressive (and makes certain players very rich), but that also means that half of humanity is not active on social media and thus remain digitally silent and therefore largely invisible.
Yes, they are often invisible, even if they are technically online and logged in. The mere availability of social media does not mean that people are actually using it to express themselves – and if they do, they most likely do not have an audience that has an influence on the great debate.
(Not) a media outlet
If you belong to this certainly well-deserved privileged group, you may not be able to participate (meaningfully) in the following task – for everyone else, the following applies: if you know workers, if you mainly know mothers in simple circumstances (“housewives”) who work at home, one of the millions of poor pensioners, or a small business owner who lives month to month, how many of them have a “media outlet” that communicates their perspective on the world in such a way that it is heard? How many even want to turn their insides outside?
Anyone who comes home in the evening exhausted in body and soul, who has long since given up all hope, does not write long elaborations in blogs or calls for protests on Facebook. He or she might share a nice picture or a motivating slogan to somehow keep himself emotionally afloat – but what his everyday life really looks like, how he really suffers, that remains silent and hidden.
Every day we hear the whining of the professional whiners who have “earned” an extremely privileged social position by whining about alleged discrimination, who drive around in expensive limousines with more glittering dollars on each wrist than the annual earnings of those who drive to work early in the morning to finance all the madness. We hear the cheap words of the hypocrites and hand-wringers, who demand severe restrictions which, of course, do not affect them themselves. We hear loudly and clearly the announcements of the rich bigwigs on government supported TV, radio and newspapers. But the voices of those who no longer believe that their voices have an effect, who may not even have the journalistic skills to be heard, we just don’t hear these voices.
“You only see those in the light, not those in the dark.”
In the age of Twitter and all the other digital snake pits, you could say: “And you only see those with the retweets, but those in the dark don’t tweet!”
According to modern wisdom: The essentials are invisible to social media.
We should look at the essentials again.