Freedom Ain't Free... Especially on Social Media!
I just deleted a half hour's worth of writing. Call it learning a lesson sooner than later. I had some political things on my mind and I went on a "slight" rampage on Facebook, for which I have found myself in what's commonly known as "Facebook Jail." Originally, this post was going to be more venting, but as I was proofreading my work, I calmed down and deleted it all. Let me just say that I will never apologize for standing up for what I believe to be right, but upon receiving that notification from the FB Admins, it became abundantly clear that no matter how much of a wide berth we have when using social media, these platforms are NOT our own. Now being that I PAY for my own web domain, I could easily share with you what got me in temporary hot water, but I'm not about doing things for "shock effect"... Well, at least not after I've calmed down... LOL! However, what I want to get across to you is this... Even though you do not "pay" for being able to use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others, you do not "own" those platforms. With every one of those platforms, when you create your account(s), you have to "agree" to follow their "TOS" aka, "Terms of Service." Now, they call them "Community Standards," but no matter how pretty a bow they put on it, the meaning is still the same. What this means is that; and I say again, no matter how much of a wide berth we have when using social media, these platforms are NOT our own. Now let's keep it real... I'd be surprised if ANY ONE of you reading this were to tell me you have actually read the "TOS" as opposed to just clicking the box next to "I AGREE" so you could just get started posting. I just want you to know that if you want to have a true place in the multiverse of the "interwebs" where you want to be able to speak your mind freely; no matter if you're looking to be a voice of unity or division (of which I have been accused of being both), you're going to have to pay for it. Unless you truly possess the unique ingenuity of a Zuckerberg or "Tom" (MySpace), you're going to have to pay for that space. So, the question you have to ask yourself is... "Is what I have to say worth the price I have to pay?" I have my podcast on iHeart Radio ("The ICE Talks") where I can pretty much say whatever I want, but even still, I KNOW there are lines that shouldn't be crossed and those that really can't be crossed. Fortunately for me, I'm self-sincere enough to not only know the difference, but to also know when those lines NEED to be crossed. I got "penalized" for the line I crossed on Facebook, and you know what? I DON'T CARE! I don't care because when my penance has been served, I will verbalize the picture that brought forth the censure and my FB followers will totally understand why it happened. What I want YOU to understand; and I'll repeat this again... If you want to have a true place in the multiverse of the "interwebs" where you want to be able to speak your mind freely; no matter if you're looking to be a voice of unity or division, you're going to have to pay for it. In short... Freedom ain't free. But when you pay the price for it (and excuse my French)... CAN'T NOBODY F©K WITH YOU!