Over the last few weeks, I have spent time outside of WordPress to look for fresh, new content. I dabbled in a few social media apps mostly, but also went on some other blog platforms.
Here’s what I found:
Very little quality content.
There could be two reasons for this:
1. There isn’t any quality content being written, created or published, or
2. I’m too picky.
I don’t know if it’s a trend.
What is the next generation about? Superficiality and instant self-gratification?
I simply don’t want to join in the all-consuming, inconsequential drivel.
In my experience (I’m sure there’s many exceptions, I just haven’t found them yet), the youth, millennials mostly, tend to be very focused on instant gratification and it shows in their posts. They consume, and create, a lot of content, but in order to find the snippets of quality I’m looking for I have to sift through a lot of crap.
It leaves my brain rotted.
I see it with the teens, too, in my own house. I monitor what they consume, but I have to admit I took a lot of steps back from that. I just can’t do this to myself…the teen boys are heavily into memes and many of them are Just So Bad and Irritating.
In case you’re wondering the porn surfing hasn’t started yet. Which doesn’t mean it’s not there, but so far, it hasn’t reached my kids at home yet.
I’m not naive, I know it’s coming. I see signs already, just not the full-on in your face stuff just yet.
I’ll cross that bridge later. For now, I’m keeping an eye on things that are derogatory, offensive, hurtful or damaging. I blocked two such sites on their Instragram feed already, but the rest of it?
Brain rot. Just stupid stuff.
I am sometimes surprised when young people like or follow me here on this blog. I am however curious so I check out their links.
Almost always (there are some exceptions) their content is basically selfies. Especially on Instragram, but sometimes on their blogs, too. On the blogs there’s a lot of talking about me me me and nothing much that contributes anything to their readers.
This isn’t what I’m looking for. I’m looking for content that stimulates me in some way, that contributes something. 22 selfies in a row on an Instagram feed doesn’t do that for me. Analyzing lipstick colour, diet choices or sexual positions may have momentary intrigue but it doesn’t feed my brain. 😉
There was an interview with Jon Bon Jovi a few months back who said something about this topic. He was complaining about the reality shows in general and made a specific mention about Kim Kardashian. He said:
“What’s gonna be in your autobiography? ‘I made a porno, and guess what? I got famous,'” he said. ”Fuck, sorry, I’ll pass!”
Bon Jovi instead reserved his respect for those who earn their fame as a result of creative endeavors.
“Go and write a book, paint a painting, act, study, sing” or write a play, he said. “Fame is a byproduct of writing a good song.”
I agree. It also reminded me of something a friend mentioned to me. He said people should contribute, not just consume, on the internet.
He’s right. There are many ways to contribute, even if you prefer to maintain your privacy.
We all have this endless ability to create unique content, so why don’t we? Why do we drown in forgettable, inconsequential bullshit all in the name of statistics?
Some of the teenagers I know have accumulated hundreds of followers on Instragram yet they’re either posting nothing, or a few selfies. What is the value of this?
Boggles my mind.
Tell me a story with your pictures. It’s not that hard to be creative…
So. I will continue to expand beyond the WordPress world to find interesting content. If you know of any, please feel free to share. We can start a list.