Troll approaches: the unusual, the unexpected and the unsaid

Innovation drives charnge, but you know what they’re saying on social: TikTok is racist. Outside of dimensions like the visual, auditory and synesthesic, we’re all asking where the hell we’re really going; but maybe the problem is talk is cheap (in many languages) and you’re not helping. See, nobody walks outside with no pants on, but Happn is just the tip of the iceberg and we should be very afraid. But we’re not, cause it’s 2020. So how can we make the world a better place? Exactly, helping farmers. End of digression. I willingly chose to use this technique as an introduction, but authors have been way more creative. The issue connecting all these factors of conflict in society is injustice, though I was hoping I didn’t have to explain. People ask how AI can help businesses, but everyone thought the kids in Africa eating rice with their bare hands was just TV. And let’s not go that far in the lustful craving for knowledge of all things: in media, there’s pundits and trolls. But urban areas have their own dynamics, and the thing we could do after we built some roads, homes, industries and stuff was to come up with simplified ways of communication. You know that, in the end, Julia and Winston have a nice conversation, right? I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but we’re probably more interested in the shagging. So here’s a few points related to what else we can do online, because offline is arguably what we have to do, unless you’re one of those people who think the government needs to help people giving them opportunities to grow, bank accounts and stuff:

1. Actually helping

Education is always on demand, but we all know someone who had access to it and many who didn’t. Your definition of pragmatism can be updated when you stop thinking you’re better than everyone else, and it really helps if there isn’t a systemic rating of how smart you are (for example, likes). Money doesn’t buy happiness, but until recently, people bought people. Irony aside, governments have constitutions to follow, and development has other definitions rather than just profit. And that’s actually a defense of social media, whether or not we feel like agreeing with the terms of use forever: we learn about issues and we use what we learned to help solving these issues. But actions speak louder than words, and though we shouldn’t forget about feelings, it’s day by day, not day after day.

2. Voicing, amplifying and minimizing

It’s easy to say: bitch, you’re no scholar. It’s also completely okay. Anyone who investigates a subject to offer plans of action or predictions is going to skip one or two items. That’s why we have headlines. But they’re not the point anymore: we understand some things we’re reading are fabricated to serve as distractions, while something either more serious or more fun is happening somewhere else. Do we mix up the bag? Facebook surely doesn’t. But honestly, we could do better than picking targets for the sake of convenience: can you imagine if you didn’t find a job cause you sent a sexy picture but now you want to be leading instead of begging? Bad analogy. Truth is we’re picking one message for each audience. And sometimes that audience is feasting on the bliss of ignorance. Tone it down? Maybe. There’s what you think you know and what you know. Second music reference, by the way.

3. Opposing in a healthy way

It’s a terrible time to say this, but history makes you really aware. There’s things we need to fight for, but depending on how that goes, people are not gonna like you. I wouldn’t want to hug my wife and see her fighting to get out of my arms; I wouldn’t want to make spinach cream to my son and have him look at me and shout, just 3 years old: who do you think I am, some freaking horse? Spinach is good for you, baby. And horses are beautiful. Jesus. But if all conflicts were domestic, we wouldn’t pay athletes so much. I’m obviously not an athlete. Not a role model. I have difficult feelings about who I actually represent and who I fail to represent. But it really goes back to rights and duties: if not now, one day. It’s not everyone’s duty to stop crime from happening; it’s everyone’s right to hope it doesn’t. Complement with Nietzsche, but only if you want to.

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