when-it-feels-not-ok-to-be-lonely

What I mean by this is, I’ve deliberately made my online life into a quasi-isolated presence. I have this here bloggo, and not much else anywhere else – at least not places where “content” could be shared. I am simply here because there are few (*maybe* several) spots (that *I* see) online where being/sharing myself/my ideas/thoughts/feelings is an “OK thing to do”. There’s nearly immediate and impulsive resistance to opinions and ideas *everywhere* online, amongst everyone. Yet, we’re as relatable as ever IRL. It’s like the anarchy and ugliness of society has cleansed itself (to a certain extent) in the real world, because everyone gets out their complaining, hatred, and disgust on the Internet, so it doesn’t manifest anywhere IRL.nnThe problem, though, is that it means that logging onto the WWW in 2021 (and before) ultimately means a trip to digital skid row, and no one really likes to be there, participate in *any* conversation, or do anything that is “not in their lane”. nnSo, I *am* in a position of loneliness, but I am usually A-OK with this, because of the aforementioned reasons above. But, I almost feel as though we *should* have more (positive!) interaction and correspondence in the online world. It simply will not happen (again) anytime soon. nnLike ups and downs, maybe the Internet has them, as well? I remember “the greatness of Web 1.0” or whatever – because chatrooms and forums were friggin’ awesome. And I remember social media (of Web 2.0) being **fxxxing awesome** at one time, and of course now it is abysmal. And what some call “Web3” is a totally unrelated hype trend that has virtually nothing to do with a “third wave of optimistic communication in the online world”. Web3 is about as reminiscent of “a true democratic medium” as the NYSE floor is for making friends – not likely to happen.nnJust the way I see things.

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