I really wish I had -energy- to get out and volunteer and learn all these skills. But between classes, work, commuting, keeping the apartment livable and being disabled (which takes up a lot of my energy and time) I just can't....bring myself to get done at work, pick my partner up, make dinner and then drive all the way to town again and give energy and time I need for homework. But at the same time, I feel so guilty for not giving more of my time when I am lucky enough to have a roof over my head.
I wish...saving the world was as easy as before I got that useless bio degree. It used to be I actually believed that if we all stopped eating meat and didn't use palm oil and blah blah blah things would get better overnight. Now I realize things are so much more complex and half the solutions proposed for complex issues involving capitalism and the environment are so, so much more difficult than that
Social media, +/-
I wonder if much research has been done on the effect of social media and interpersonal communication. We know now that a lot of sites are terrible for mental health- Instagram being one of the worst offenders. But I am more interested in how internet use changes the way we talk to each other in real life. Online communities are highly insular, punishing minor deviation in in ideology or even communication style harshly. Pointing out an offender can net some serious clout, and the goal is often less to bring someone in line than to generate influence or attention for the accuser.
All of this is pretty bizarre and stands in contrast to real life, where differences in thinking among people with common goals are common and ideally, tolerated. So how much bleed into the real world does internet culture have? We're seeing studies on how internet use affects quality of communication, but I would like to see more about the effects of internet *culture.*
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