Well, I have been off social media for nearly 2.5 years now, and whatever “Pink Cloud” (as recovering alcoholics would call it) I was on has long since eroded. The Pink Cloud is essentially where life becomes everything one imagines it to be, only *minus* the addictive chemical/substance/behavior/what have you, and you (or *I*) start to see the world as everyone *else* who is addicted to such and such thing, and *I* am absolved of having to deal with the same issues everyone else is having, and *I* just sort of feel like I am smarter/better than everyone else. It sounds terrible (because from a characteristic standpoint, it is) but it *is* one approach to making oneself feel better about quitting a substance/behavior, therefore being devoid of whatever it is that everyone *else* is partaking in, intoxicating themselves with, using as their “crutch” in life.nnNow, as I mentioned, this “Pink Cloud” is gone (and it has been for some time). I just sort of see the way the world is for *what* it is, *how* it is, and so on. Sort of a “raw dog reality” perspective of things – a person in a debilitating world, in need of a crutch, but is crutch-less (metaphorically). nnAs far as hype and bandwagon’ing onto *this* subject or *that* – it does nothing for me. I can’t (or won’t) get excited for “Web3”, or NFTs, or cryptocurrency, because it is too much like the empty promises and OVER-hyped startups of Web 1.0. Those companies and the bubble it created in the market(s) did nothing but devastate our economy for a good number of years, and maybe but a few survived (such as Amazon, Google, and a handful of others – Yahoo and AOL bit the dust, of course). So, perhaps that is the mixed blessing, the buried leade, the GOOD thing about Web3 coming about – that it can (and perhaps *will*) lead to devastation of an old(er) status quo in terms of *how* people use the Internet (as it has mostly remained unchanged for close to two decades). nnI *always* said “Facebook will become Yahoo one day”, and that “Twitter will become as obscure as Geocities in the future”, etc. (though, it seems Tumblr already fulfilled the latter promise). And the (crazy) thing is; Yahoo is still kicking. Still pretending to have relevance. But it has none. I could only hope that FB goes this same route (as well as the rest of the centralized social platforms).nnNow, I promised to write something friendly. I don’t think much of what I have said is UNfriendly, just pointing out how I see things, currently. So, I feel OK about that :)nnBut, IF the big players like Facebook (or, Meta), Twitter (or/and all socials), as well as Amazon, Google, etc. go down into the books of obscurity – *I*, personally, would not lose any sleep.nnBecause it’s the Internet. It’s an open protocol for computers to correspond to one another (and the *people* on the other ends of those computers, of course). It doesn’t matter what company produces said computer, or even if that computer *looks* like a traditional “PC” (it can be any type of phone, even). And it doesn’t matter what software or services people are using on those machines (be it Linux, Unix, whatever else comes along). The **technology** behind the **Internet**, itself, is what matters, and was (or *is*) the big breakthrough in human “evolution” in our time (at least from a technological perspective, as humans themselves have not changed very much).nnAt least this is how *I* view things. And to get back to my earlier point, about “not getting excited about the Internet” (e.g. not buying into hype/bandwagon’ing) – what I mean by that is, I am just NOT getting excited about a short term trend, and I am more patient, and would like to see things come along that *truly* matter, and make a *significant* difference in the world. Hopefully for the better.nn

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