Thank f*** for the strikes… kinda
What a reinvigorating day today was in terms of my studies! If you follow my Podcast Mornings With Kings Eyes, you’ll know that it was actually supposed to be part of a strike and i wasn’t going to have this absolutely key module of mine. Yet the Dean of my faculty stepped in and took the lecture, and did it masterfully. Giving a stern and quite genuine perspective on something that all of us use. Facebook.
His lecture dove from how Aristotle claimed a friendship required physical interaction between people. All the way up to how facebook lacks in accountability for the content published on its website, yet it benefits to the tune of billions from the content it wont take responsibility for. They want it both ways, and society and politicians are more keen on Facebook being accountable for the content that goes up on the site, and the policies they have in place for their site.
And the findings when placed right in front of your eyes are shocking quite frankly. Yes why wouldn’t facebook remove and exclude content where people are decapitated and the video of it is published on facebook, Why wouldn’t they do more to try and hinder content such as children being sexually molested and then posted on facebook, why wouldn’t they do more to prohibit facebook livestreams where people are either explaining they will kill someone and planning it out with an audience, or flat out killing people for a viewing audience live around the world.
They can’t. Because while Facebook are adamant to keep growing their entity into something larger and more accessible to everyone. A bi-product is that they are enabling that kind of behaviour and or action. Its things most already knew, but that was presented in such an engaging and awesome way that it now sits more clearly. And its a double edge sword really, Yes Facebook is a platform not a publisher, yet it becomes much like the guns kill people nonsense.
Guns don’t kill people. Guns enable people to kill people.
Facebook doesn’t post violent or troubling content, but it enables people to post violent and troubling content.
And then there was a seminar. Not just a seminar. quite frankly it was the single most informative seminar i think i have ever attended. The dean spoke with conviction, with knowledge, and with passion. In such a way that i quite frankly have a confession to make.
Until today, a day that i just a couple days ago, thought would be me in my house, doing a fat bit of fuck all. My mind has been elsewhere. very elsewhere. Its been on things back home. Where every day, i’m closer and closer to what undeniably will be the single worst day in my life and in my family to this point, and thats weighing more and more heavy on me. Its been on the relative culture shock i’ve found myself in lately of realising and trying to understand the cynicism and negativity i seem to encounter on a relatively frequent basis here in the UK that is been outright foreign to me back home. Its been on things in my house, its been on my P.U.C dealings, its been on my content, my website, its been on most things except my studies, the single most important thing for me to focus on. The one area of my life i took a chance to pursue in order to grab my life by the balls and owning my life rather than coasting along.
Its the weirdest thing. Because in my mind, as i sit here trying to write this. My focus is gone. My brain is a cloud of grey fog and matter that has been there now much much more-so this semester than its been since i worked my last full-time job in some hole in the wall back in 2018. Its scary actually how much i just let life happen without intervening. I can’t continue like this. I just can’t. This are the most important couple years of my life, yet my life to this point has been coasting, its been taking opportunities as they came. And that got me misery.
So while i would have loved to see the Uni reimburse part of the tuition fees that we students inevitably will lose as a result of the strike action. I still had one of my biggest moments of clarity on a day where i was supposed to coast along and be angry that this institution is taking value away from me.
The moment i’ve clicked publish on this post. Ill be really and truly starting work. Ill be working on things and setting things in motion that quite frankly I’ve neglected to do. Ill be researching and interacting with the material of my studies properly. And ill take control of this shit good and proper. Its about time. This coasting and laziness ive been letting be a thing for the longest time now. It has to go. I have a good life to pursue for myself.
So i’m marking the day. February 25th 2020. A day where i regained clarity, and started regaining focus. And started taking genuine steps towards the best life i could possibly lead. Thank you all for reading.
I’m seeing the website growing in numbers and its refreshing and awesome to hear feedback on things we have put out. Such as the Mornings Episode i put out on Monday where i spoke of mental health. Several listeners came back to me and really appreciated how i spoke of the topic and for being open about it like i was. If there ever was an end goal to my content, its that the consumers of the content now know more, and are willing to speak about it themselves.
Once again. Thank you! <3