In the days leading up to December 21st, 2012, I had wanted to send a bit of love to as many people that I personally know as possible. I think fondly about people constantly, but often want to ensure they know more tangibly. I considered trying to start a #LoveSurge meme of some kind, but ended up deciding to do it more subtly using the comment Facebook Like feature while also breaking out of my own “filter bubble.” Maybe it played out more as a #LikeSurge celebration of a long astrological new year.
I’ve never been too heavy a user of Facebook (FB). I mostly just post news, information, and art related to my Wiki World Order interests. I usually quickly scroll through my main feed which filter bubbles towards my ‘Close Friends’ (FB setting) and posts relevant to my interests. Then once every month or two I open up a couple dozen profiles I’m most curious about and check out their last couple months of activity for gems. And that’s pretty much it, generally using it less than a couple hours per week.
So over the course of a few long sessions, I slowly scrolled down the list of ALL my 1,300 Facebook friends and opened the vast majority of profiles (lost track of the last couple hundred since the sorting changes every page load). On each friend’s profile, my goal was to find at least one posting, photo, or something to Like…which I legitimated liked, thought was beautiful, or interesting. It was very rarely difficult to find a couple things to honestly Like within a minute, and of course, I ended up exploring some heartier profiles extra.
If nothing else, it was connective and very satisfying to do some baseline FB ‘stalking’ of all my friends at once…a massive update on hundreds of old friends’ lives I’ve completely lost touch with (except for still being FB friends). It also felt selfish but wonderful to know that each of these beautiful people would get a little notification saying that Morgan PeaceRevolution Lesko had Liked some digital thing of theirs, dramatically improving the chance of them recognizing the thoughts of Love in their specific direction.
After the experiment was as done as it was going to get, I immediately noticed changes in how Facebook’s algorithms were feeding me information. To further encourage these filter shifts, I removed all categorizations of some friends as “Close Friends.” And for at least a few weeks, the friends’ whose posts were included in my main feed were noticeably diversified. Unfortunately, the effects faded a bit over the last two months with minimal Facebook interaction.
But I recommend that anyone who uses Facebook (at all) periodically try going through as many of their FB Friends as possible. You’ll be amazed how much you can learn, and how much you can remove some filters on the information you tend to see most. Some experts making a big deal about the Internet creating filter bubbles have a kernel of truth, but it is just a tool and what matters is how we use it.
The power is in our hands to take in as broad a diversity of information as possible. Our power to use critical thinking to weigh and reason real evidence, remove contradictions, and come to more accurate conclusions. Take that, filter bubble fear-mongers.
John Reynolds and Morgan Lesko record our first discussion really getting to know each others’ perspectives. This was a casual late night chat on July 25, 2012, but perhaps you’ll find value in this too.
Philadelphia, July 2, 2012, Day 3. One of our occu-brothers, Amadon DellErba, gives a speech on Spiritualution.org. Many things discussed about community living resonated greatly with me from my last five months living on an occupied organic farm in Sacramento, CA.
I’m registering Republican this election and voting for Ron Paul because he is the ONLY “electable” candidate talking about PEACE!
The ONLY candidate in either party talking about ending our current wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and others…and NOT starting new ones!
Even if Paul doesn’t get elected, we deserve a real challenge to Obama in the general election and NONE of the other candidates have a chance at beating the incumbent.
If nothing else, this Air Force veteran can bring a radical policy of PEACE to a wider audience than the republican “debates”.
Try listening to a Ron Paul highlights reel on YouTube for a debate on one of the Cartoon News Networks,
and even if you don’t agree with all his very consistent positions, SURPRISE!…you will hear rational discourse!
I know his vision of dramatically reduced government may scare many. But since the revolving doors surrounding most regulatory agencies allow them to be used more as a tools FOR the corporate-industrial complex to maintain hegemony…is less of THAT really worse?
Why Ron Paul?
Not just because he is the only mainstream candidate in both parties with any real empathy for the worldwide Occupation of the 99.99%.
Not just because the mainstream still insists that nobody predicted the “Great Recession.”
I’m voting for Ron Paul because he is the ONLY candidate in either party talking about the FEDERAL RESERVE.
Because he tried to prevent this extra radical consolidation of wealth and the “Great Recession”…at least ten years ago.
I don’t agree with him on every single issue, but he nails all the ones that matter most [urgently].
Not just because all the other “electable” candidates support the continued expansion of the war on drugs, war on terror, and cybersecurity.
I’m voting for Ron Paul because he was one of the few who voted AGAINST THE USA PATRIOT ACT and the recent treasonous National Defense Authorization Act!
I’m voting “Blue Republican” without expectations or HOPE for CHANGE by replacing one seat in corrupt government.
But if nothing else, it will send a message to the world that WE THE PEOPLE of America want PEACE!
Not because paperless electronic voting machines are intended to be rigged, and our votes don’t matter as much as they used to.
I’m voting for Ron Paul AND TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT IT, because he really could win as a Constitutionalist right now in this year of 1776 — I mean 2012.
Why Ron Paul?
I’m voting for Ron Paul because when he speaks, he almost always speaks from the heart…unlike most politicians.
You can feel him telling you what he truly believes, instead of just what his polls or handlers say.
So who should he choose for Vice President?
Who else speaks from principled and good positions?
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