Social Shootings and Mass Media: The Afternoon Blog, August 4th, 2019

You know, I am quite ignorant to recent news (because I love my sanity (and I’m already insane enough)) but everytime I scroll through my news feed, its ether about Donald Trump, a new shooting (that I feel, collectively as a nation, we’re becoming numb to (like watching too much porn))

or the social media Algotherium showing people I once knew having the time of their lives (apparently). Then I question what I am doing with my life, when in actuality, I may be living a happier life than them.

I digress.

These new feeds are extreme. It’s ether:

  • You’re (I should say “they’re” but the way people write now seems like it’s directed towards me(?)) completely wrong about Politics and I’m completely right.
  • Edited and (posed) candid photos of people appearing to have the times of their lives
  • Then another shooting.

Why aren’t other countries having this problem? Yes they may be having someone internal conflict about war, corruption, and starvation, but a starving individual mass murdering individuals in a supermarket,

What is the problem? Many of these shooters may have their unique story of why they had decided to kill innocent people, who they may have never even met.

I have done no research on this, this is just a question we all should ask ourselves:

What have we collectively done to “inspire” (I should say push) mass shooters to commit to these acts of violence?

It’s social media, the American perception of Social Media, or should I say

Social Deceptions.

We, Americans, love ourselves too much. It’s the American Spirit, and there is nothing wrong with that. That’s what makes America great, our positive perception of ourselves literally gets us through a lot of problems by “faking it till we make it.”

(I’m losing interest of writing this)

We love to compete, it keeps our positive perception going. We praise 1st place and forget about 2nd.

We love winners and only see them on top of the podium, but in reality, it took a lot of pain, suffering, and losses for that winner to be there.

Our youth forgot about that, and refuses to acknowledge the sacrifice and vulnerability of a winner.

We now only see what people want us to see, which is their version of them standing on a podium; and with enough photos and statuses like these, it’s easy to fall to the deception that they have always been…


No one is perfect, but we now refuse to accept that truth, or, the youth collectively, have failed to internalize this.

What am I trying to say?

I don’t know, but I think I have said enough for us to get the point.

Be yourself, show the world that it’s okay to have flaws as well as victories, it may inspire (or push) others to accept themselves as who they are, rather than hate and despise themselves and wish others to feel the same.

With Love and Sincerity

Jose Michael Rubio

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