Allow me to opine, quip, chirp, ploop, about the new Cal Newport article

I've been following Cal Newport's blog, Study Hacks ever since I started using an RSS reader (again) two+ years ago. And now he has a new article called TikTok's Poison Pill, and I 100% see where he is coming from with the approach, and I believe him to be 100% right (even though it is all just speculation).

He muses (or perhaps might just be "luckily guessing") that TikTok is going to become, or perhaps already is, a "poison pill" for legacy social media services. Since Facebook/Instagram/Meta (all three are the same) have had to radically alter the way their services work, which were previously monopolized and fine-tuned with a "social graph" (a term I hadn't heard of before), and since the "FIM" are now cast into the raw market of attention economy competition, vanity fueled time wasting, and competitive virality, it is (probably) true that they cannot compete with TikTok long or short term, because...well, more people (1B+) are just choosing to spend more time on TikTok than old school services (even though they (the users) likely aren't "choosing" anything - they're being duped and made addicted in a whirlwind of "happy brain yum yum's", all of which will dissipate over time - not because of product change, but because the human brain learns how to defend against this type of continual (dopamine) poisoning, then manifests subconscious ways of getting away from it).

It brings to mind an old headline I read from the now defunct celebrity gossip blog, I Don't Like You In That Way, which read:

"Brad Pitt not tired of being a dad yet? Give him time."

Mean (of course, that was IDLYITW's approach to everything), but, it's effectively the same "gist" here with TikTok users and their fondness of that service:

"TikTok users not burned out on TikTok yet? Give them time."

It's inevitable.

But, I also agree with, and hoping for, the same outcome that CN "mused", which is that this social torpedoing of user attention from TikTok against the "FIM" (which I will now call it), might just bring down that co once and for all. And by "bring down", I mean cause a viscious cycle of open up (deeper, it sorta already started) of loss of investment, and therefore more FIM co employee layoffs, and therefore different products/ambitions being set by the wayside to (re)focus on it's own core products, and therefore "FIM" losing the ability to sustain/maintain it's already monolithic data sat, databases, user-facing functionalities, etc.

It's capitalistically hopeful, as I would like to see this 1.5 decade-old digital tyrant finally be put to rest, but also geographically and socially reckless (as in, people in the world - not social media, per se) - because it is a "cut off your nose to spite your face" approach to "dealing" with Facebook or/and Instagram and all these other Meta products. It would just be a transfer of tyranny, and just another way for those who can't put down their phones to NEVER put down their phones. Geographically, it is abysmal, too, because in the U.S. (where most of these users are - for both Facebook and TikTok), we, Americans, still have the (perceived) belief/concept that the United States government could/would regulate monopolistic co's, and do "what's right for the American people", and "reign in" domestic businesses that are overall invasive to the citizens or/and anti-competitive in nature. But with TikTok, they are Chinese-based. So no regulation can actually happen in regards to that in terms of the United States (government) oversight. They (the U.S. government) can demand that tech co's (such as Google/Apple) remove TikTok from app stores (which the FCC chairman has already sent a memo detailing as much), but Google/Apple (both are their own separate monopolies) nary listen to government requests short of a legally-binding court order.

So, we'll see where this all goes.

Here's hoping for the best.

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