Essential American Wisdom

On The Matter Of Sharing

While it is the intention of this website to stay singly focused on matters of Philosophy and the unwashed masses, it is incumbent upon me to take a moment to review where we stand with regard to social media.

Quite pervasive nowadays, social networking seems to have become an essential element of human survival. This, of course, couldn’t be any more false. All the same, however, the great marketeers and mental manipulators that have made mushminds of this post- Gen X/ Gen Y/ millennial generation have made far too much money and taken far too much control of human intercourse to stop now.

That ‘horse done already left the barn’ as they say, and all that’s left for us to do about it is pray that, sooner or later, the right people are going to come to their senses about the mess they’ve made of things.

Over the years I have had many Twitter and Facebook and Google and YouTube accounts for the purposes of trying to reach people in the places I know they prefer to hang out. I frankly consider all of these platforms to be silly but, jillions of dollars later, it is quite clear I am in the minority. About a year ago, and this is important, I decided to boycott all of them. I am aware that this will have no effect on their bottom lines, and I’m quite clear on the matter of whether or not I will be missed. That said, my righteous indignation over revelations that have come to light about the extent to which these cons took their accumulated power and wealth and applied it to the manipulation and control of our privacy, the political narrative, and our right to free speech was my last line in the sand.

[stepping off soapbox now]

We have installed the common share utilities to make things easier for readers to tell their friends about anything they come across here that they might find of some use or value. After some initial resistance, we have also created accounts at two alternate social media sites… Minds & Gab… And will develop those relationships over time. While these two websites look vastly different than the old school mainstream social media platforms, they do at least offer privacy, the right to exercise your own flavor of the First Amendment, and they don’t censor you or ban you for choosing not to color inside the lines or waste your time chanting in the echo chamber.


An Engineer and Educator by trade, David has been a writer, developer, and accomplished web designer/administrator for more than 20 years. Descended from a long line of Appalachians, on the McCoy side of the feud, he was raised in a God-centric and American pride-influenced home in which kindness, human decency, humility, grace, self-respect, and good manners were expected and enforced. Blinded by three strokes and no longer able to read or write, David developed methods to compensate for these challenges in order to continue communicating; while acknowledging that there is more life in his rear-view mirror than whatever lies ahead through the front windshield, he insists this doesn't mean he has nothing left to say.

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