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Youtube and social media

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All to often we hear in the news of folks behaving badly, horribly in some instances and filming and posting their crimes and exploits on YouTube and Facebook in the hopes of their 15 minutes of fame or noteriety even.

Texting while driving and causing accidents, some serious and fatal. Playing the "knockout game" and nearly murdering innocent folks minding their own business, and otherwise just acting stupidly, foolishly or trashy just to get attention, or because they were "bored".

I know the internet has been a force for good too, medical commnunication advancements, a forum for freedom in repressed countries etc.

But I wonder, and this is the question for debate. Has Youtube and social media brought out the best in anyone? Or only the worst.
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-God created us in His image, not the other way around.
-The Bible is redeemed by it's good parts.
-Pure monotheism, simple repentance.
-YHVH is LORD
-The real Jesus is not God, the real YHVH is not a monster.
-Eternal life is a gift from the Living God.
-Keep the Commandments, keep your salvation.
-I have accepted YHVH as my Heavenly Father, LORD and Savior.

I am inspired by Jesus to worship none but YHVH, and to serve only Him.

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[Replying to post 1 by Elijah John]

I think the Internet is like any tool ever made by humans; it serves either good or evil, depending on the user. When we lived in caves, fire kept us warm, cooked our food, and made us safe from the wild animals; but it was also used as a weapon, and still is. The same can be said for a knife, a hammer, a car, or nuclear energy.

Too, people have always done terrible things to get famous. Consider Jack the Ripper's letters to the newspapers and John Wilkes Booth's declamation from the stage of Ford's Theater -- "Sic semper tyrannis!"

The internet is a wonderful medium of communication; it's easier to get good information that one previously had to find through a physical search of the books in a library -- but it's also easier to get BAD information, because now any nutball with an opinion, no matter how crazy, illogical, or simply and provably false, can publish his nuttiness for the world to read. Before the Net, one had to find equally nutty publishers to do that. Turns out we now have ABSOLUTE freedom of the press -- and it turns out that that's not always an unequivocally good thing.

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[Replying to post 1 by Elijah John]
Has Youtube and social media brought out the best in anyone? Or only the worst.
Social media has only brought it to our attention, nothing much more IMO. People have always done, and will always do, stupid/dangerous things.
While there is some thought that 'the more people that see me do this the more likely I am to do it' is making these instances increase, I don't think this is the case for the vast majority of people.
I don't blame social media or people WANTING to watch people doing stupid/dangerous things, I blame their upbringing (and, maybe hormones in food) for making these people think these stupid/dangerous things are OK to do.
Our pehaps it's evolution weeding out the 'dumb'...?

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connermt wrote: [Replying to post 1 by Elijah John]
Has Youtube and social media brought out the best in anyone? Or only the worst.
Social media has only brought it to our attention, nothing much more IMO. People have always done, and will always do, stupid/dangerous things.
While there is some thought that 'the more people that see me do this the more likely I am to do it' is making these instances increase, I don't think this is the case for the vast majority of people.
I don't blame social media or people WANTING to watch people doing stupid/dangerous things, I blame their upbringing (and, maybe hormones in food) for making these people think these stupid/dangerous things are OK to do.
Our pehaps it's evolution weeding out the 'dumb'...?
I agree to a certain degree. But I would say that social media is a catalyst, I think it accelerates and amplifies the good AND the evil in society.

Example, the advances in medical science can now be shared via the internet more readily than it could before the electronic age.

Humanitarians can now connect with each other and join forces for good more easily.

But on the flip side, evil and stupid people can and do play for the camera. (youtube especially) Thugs filming their own exploits so they can have their 15 minutes of fame on youtube, even stooping to playing the "knockout game" almost killing innocent bystanders. And these morons do not realize or think about the fact that the very act posting or bragging on the internet has often led to their arrests.
My theological positions:

-God created us in His image, not the other way around.
-The Bible is redeemed by it's good parts.
-Pure monotheism, simple repentance.
-YHVH is LORD
-The real Jesus is not God, the real YHVH is not a monster.
-Eternal life is a gift from the Living God.
-Keep the Commandments, keep your salvation.
-I have accepted YHVH as my Heavenly Father, LORD and Savior.

I am inspired by Jesus to worship none but YHVH, and to serve only Him.

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Social media can be a tool for good and not so good things. I specially see that Instagram is in attention for a lot of people. And the system how works? If you think that the owner of page is cool or has influence - main thing to see if it's like are likes, shares, comments. I can advise for some projects if likes are needed - IGautolike instagram service they offer for amount of money / amount of likes. Basically depends on if you see worth it. I think people who are interested will find without likes. People are interested in so stupid things now’a days like others people lifestyle, what they do daily, eat, say, where there shot photos...and mostly, a big part of if it’s a lie. I saw many influencers do photos with fake content and sense. All for the cash!

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I agree with you, if we speak about the entire internet it is divided like the world into 2 parts white and black. And everyone uses it according to these things and values that are inside him. So if he really understands what is good and what is not, he won't let all the trash, litter your mind, and will initially block attacks because the information. To tell the truth, automatic likes and comments is really working, but if the page that you promote is dirty and uninteresting at all, you will not get real fans and if you are selling something you will not have success

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I always associate Social Media with selling. Our social networks are full of ads that are trying to convince us to buy. It's not strictly a bad thing, if you are following nice people or companies.

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RGoldManning wrote: Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:44 pm I agree with you, we call it digital marketing and Social Media with its ads is a part of it. As I know, they have an interesting strategy for promoting things. Generally, if you are not interested in smoking or drinking so you won't see such an advertisement on your Facebook page. All ads are targeted to a specific audience. If you don't follow the evil, he won't follow you too. Social Media helps a lot to promote the business because most of the time people are spending on the socian networks. We are consumers of information, I'm working with digital marketing san diego, these guys promote just good stuff. They won''t collaborate with companies that promotes what is bad.
Who decides what is bad and how do they determine that? Controversial? Politically Correct? Partisan?

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