The words of the prophets

“The words of the prophets are
Written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”

– “The Sound Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel

Finding the words of any prophet is difficult these days.
So what is “Media” then?
A prophet, goddess or merely an attention-slut?
My belief is you’re still better off hunting for true wisdom in archaic forgotten ruins than on social media.
Yes, there are snippets of robust reasoning and inspirational moments on Twitter.
But they are footprints on a beach.

I struggle to fathom how “conveying sincerity” is truly possible on such a platform?
The big problem is that any form of sincerity or “truth” is in danger of immediately being diluted by opinionated floods.
A thousand disembodied voices often become more important than the original message.
Digression and off-topic remarks have become the norm.
These in turn lead to more fighting and odious responses.
Even “the good guys” who do enjoy a clean run devoid of scandal often succumb to the lure of controversy in order to garner a greater following.

Before the era of electronic feeds and content-prodding we managed to observe information and digest our own perceptions of the intended meaning at leisure.
We were exposed to news and even rumours in “slow” formats… Newspapers, TV Shows, magazines and the gravevine in a local neighbourhood.
More often than not common sense led us to separate real nuggets from fool’s gold.

I can’t say that the news back then was devoid of sensationalism and propaganda.
It’s just that these days we need to sift through the good, the bad, the ugly as well as all
the comments that are equally bad…ugly…and quite horrific!
Comments can be quite vile as little standalone representations of people’s unfiltered thoughts!

So what do we do?
Sift through comments or simply ignore them?
I don’t know about you, but I find this to be a tedious exercise these days.

I’m happier whenever I don’t spend too much time on Twitter.

In the meantime I’ll take my chances and continue seeking wisdom in offline spaces:
Libraries.
Subways.
Tenement halls.
Dusty manuscripts.
Conversations with real people.