VI posted something that caught my attention in the facebook thread: It caught my attention because I had been thinking just the opposite. Social media certainly is a vessel for stupid pointless bullshit a lot of the time, but I'm optimistic about the movement in general. The dynamic of how information gets shared is fundamentally changing, and I think the biggest problem right now is that we haven't learned how to use this new paradigm to our advantage. We're having fun posting pictures of animals sneezing and caps-locking self-righteous rants about things we know nothing about, but I believe there's the potential to turn this in to something really powerful, and I believe that's going to start happening more and more. Of course there's always going to be mindless bullshit. Of course. But, I believe (optimistically), that slowly - by trial and error - people are going to see that with a modicum of fact checking and critical thinking, we can expose and shut down a lot of shady shit going on in the world in a way that would have been absolutely impossible just 20 years ago. Focus: What do you think of the social media movement in general? More importantly, where do you think it's headed? Is The Man going to find a way to lock it down and control it? Are we going to distract ourselves with sneezing dogs to the point where it becomes even easier for powerful groups to hide evil shit?