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It is true that social media platforms are run by oligarchs and depraved government agencies. It is also true that ideas and information are moving vastly faster than they used to, in a way establishment power structures can't really keep up with. Denying either of these is dumb.
People who say "Twitter isn't real life" really mean "Twitter isn't mainstream life". It's the innovators, early adopters, influencers, cool hunters. Obviously this bleeds into the mainstream. It's what university culture used to be, only far more populist, democratic, and fast.
MSM has always prevented enlightened ideas from ever moving at the speed of print or broadcast media, which means until social media they mostly moved at the speed of university papers and books. They took literally years to circulate. The speed jumped from that to instantaneous.
To think this isn't having an impact on our collective consciousness is demented. Our species has literally never looked anything like this. We're now like a giant planetary brain in which each of the billions of internet-connected humans is a neuron. This can't not change us.
Obviously establishment power structures are working to bring this unprecedented movement of ideas and information under tight control, but there's only so much control you can exert over a force this big. Past a certain point it's like trying to wrestle a tornado. We're moving.
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