Addiction, Social Media, and Propaganda by Leslie A. Fischman
Propaganda is defined by Google as, “derogatory: information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.” –In my point of view, PROPAGANDA is information used to provide a point of view, that is counterproductive to the needs of the majority, to present a minority opinion, which is placed above in public sight, to undermine hindsight, to give strength to a current perspective, that is not widely accepted, and stirs the pot, that is the fundamentals of any given trade or profession, which seeks to help not undermine the needs of others.
Social Media is a great place to share ideas, however is very addicting. Im sure there have been articles written about Social Media addiction, but I am now choosing to share from my perspective, how I became addicted to Social Media, as a place of work and as a place to write. When one is not heard, there is a strong sense of purpose to be heard. That is understandable, when one is not equal, one has arrived at a place to become equal minded to ones cohorts, that is respected as those around them are respected, why blogging on Twitter is great for people with low self-esteem, a place to learn how to fit in, be well liked, and find one’s place in reality, among, not separate from others.
As a Law Student, I became separated from my friends, as addiction relates to me, now we are talking about here. In case anyone was wondering as to what this discussion will entail here forward, my addiction to social media, not the addiction of others, I always talk from my own perspective, not the perspective of others, as these are my ideas for peace, not the ideas of others, clearly if being shared by me, then with positive good purpose, not for myself, not for others, but based on the principle of sharing for sharings sake, that is why I share my thoughts, to be apart of, included, well that’s a side-effect. –I’ve never not felt included, that has never been the case, always included, invited to every party, and always apart of, the most popular everywhere I go, I have a nack for assembling people, friends, and now professionals, that is my calling in life, to help others, as has been stated in my personal statements since 1997, to “make a positive difference” that is my motto and that will never change, I was born in 1985, so I was probably 11 or 12 when I came up with that, what is now a slogan, widely held by all.
Addiction is defined by Google as: “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.” Addiction according to me, is the use of a substance to feel good, beyond that which is required by the average or normal person to feel good. I do not use social media to feel good, it makes me nervous and paranoid, its just a place for me to promote my blog and my writing, with no beginning purpose to be famous, only to write a book. I am not a Lawyer, therefore I do not and have never represented others legally only myself, and by image good image, may one day represent others well too, not just myself. Addiction is viewed as engaging in risk taking activities, I am not a risk taker, however I have abstained from the sue of alcohol and marijuana since defamed in a yearbook 2003, that is why I chose not to drink or do drugs, and that will never change about me. I clearly understand first hand, the consequences to your image if you drink or smoke weed, why I do not drink nor smoke weed, because that is the basis for others, enabling them to trash you and your image. I was awarded best female athlete at graduation, therefore it never made sense to me why on the last day of school I found out I was defamed, it broke my heart. –I had gained weight senior year because of soccer injuries the years prior, was always a top athlete, however was overweight only 2003, and still tried out for the CU Club Soccer team Summer 2003, and was selected 1 of 5 on the B Team, that is 1 of 5 Freshman on the B team, the A Team was all upper-classmen, and the C Team was all Freshmen. –I made the team, and when I made the team I decided not to drink or smoke weed, so that I could play soccer, another reason why I became sober and clean, a professional club soccer player 2003 in the State of Colorado, a mile above sea level. The altitude is so high, and air so thin in Colorado, I could not drink or smoke weed AND play soccer, that would be humanly impossible, why I abstained.
Social Media is obviously a place to represent yourself. When you learn how to represent yourself well, then you are fit to represent others on your blogs, until then, it makes sense why people go private on social media, and keep their social media’s private. I have kept my friends list private since 2008, after a terrorist attack occurring on the 10 freeway after I defriended someone who wrote songs about me, we dated briefly in College. Its really not a big deal, just culture shock actually, when you realize someone cared for you, and then wrote about you, and you realize many years later, what that was about. It hurts, and its embarrassing, and theres nothing you can do about it, I was his biggest fan, attended all his shows in Boulder Colorado. I realize now that that is a compliment when someone writes about you in public, to accept it as compliment, not be defensive or embarrassed by any acknowledgment of you in a public space, how you made them feel.
When you defame yourself, and misrepresent yourself, well that’s not propaganda, but pure stupidity on your own behalf. Misrepresentations are not the same as propaganda, one word is about self and others, and one word is strictly as it relates to political tidings. So … which word best describes my biggest faux pas in life? Misrepresentation, of ideas, and image. When you are overweight, there is really nothing you can do to fix public perception about your health, you are seen as grose, and because you are grose, others offend you on purpose, insult you, and degrade you, to make you feel less than. That’s unfortunate, that was my Senior Year Yearbook, hurt beyond belief, went into a state of depression, and put on adderrall by Sophomore year, and switched majors to Sociology.
Why am I on Social Media? Because I love to write. I decided to become a writer, 2004, when I switched majors to Sociology. That’s when I decided to become a writer. My favorite course in High School was American Literature. Writing is my Passion. I was even in AP English but didn’t read the books and graduated with a 3.2, getting As in Chemistry, Physics, and Algebra, my strengths in Math and Sciences, but chose to write instead. I think you stick to what youre good at, as applied. Social Media is one of my favorite places on earth! It’s where I found my voice, and improved socially, academically, and spiritually, and could not pick a better place to share my thoughts.
https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=neYhWur-HMKf0wLX3go&q=propaganda+definition&oq=propaganda&gs_l=psy-ab.1.1.0j0i131k1l2j0l2j0i131k1j0j0i131k1j0l2.828.2347.0.43220.127.116.11.0.0.0.124.808.7j2.9.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..2.9.805.0..35i39k1j0i10k1.0.-gmZ6XLqMHw (Google Search: Propaganda Definition, 12/01/17).
https://www.google.com/search?ei=ouYhWoX2GOqf0gL36464Bg&q=addiction+definition&oq=addiction&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i20i263i264k1j0i67k1j0j0i131k1j0l6.559415.560854.0.562718.104.22.168.0.0.0.151.931.4j5.10.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..0.10.1069.6..46j35i39k1j0i131i67k1j0i10k1j0i46k1j0i20i264k1.140.VWnzOkMbfyM (Google Search: Addiction Definition, 12/01/17).
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