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"Fair is Fair" #Freewrite

Zach Powers

[NOTE:This is a repost from my Ello profile. I wrote it back in October 2014. This was around when Ello made it's 2 or 3 week, famously-unsuccessful-but-for-many-reasons-admirable marketing push. Since Ello isn't really a thing anymore (honestly, it really never was...), and because I'm attempting to populate this blog, I thought it was worth reposting here.]

 

Fair is Fair (A Recounting -Without Use of Video or Sound- of a Thought Process I Had a Few Minutes Ago About Ello)”

I should check that new social media account I have...

The one with only text and pictures and the layout that looks like a 90's website...

Or like something someone might design for a final project in an intro community college course on webdesign...

It just seems so boring - no videos or sound - wtf is that about...

BUT, I know that the formation of the bond between millennial and social media site can take time...

It took me a while to get through my awkward, 'what am I getting out of this' / 'where the hell is everyone' stage with Twitter...

and back then Twitter didn't have videos or sound either...

so perhaps I'm not being fair and reasonable...

I like to think I'm a fair and reasonable person...

Truthfully I take pride in being one...

Am I lying to myself?

Am I really quick to judge and totally irrational???

In my defense...

I started using Twitter eons ago...

like in 2008. or maybe 2007...

I'm pretty sure 2008...

I feel guilty now...

If I'm honest with myself, I'm not really giving it a chance...

I’d like to be the type of person who will give almost anything a chance...

My mom is that sort of person...

My dad not so much...

I wonder if he regrets not trying more new things...

He just turned 78, he doesn't have much more time to try new things...

He still has time to try Indian food...

I’m convinced he’d love it, but he has repeatedly refused to try it...

I should just make a god damn chicken curry next time he’s coming over and not even tell him that it’s Indian food...

I should ask him if he thinks much about how he is running out of time to experience new things?

And if so, does it make him sad, regretful, or melancholy?

He's not a Christian or anything else...

So it's not like he's thinking he's going to die and wake up 30 years old in heaven with a brand new lease on heaven-life.

Fuck... Did i forget to call him on his birthday?

No... I remember my mom texted me that morning to not forget...

Anyway... Back to the new social media site that only seems to be a flattering locale for visual artists who don't rely on sound or video...

From this day forward I'm going to check it more...

I like social media. I like new shit. And it's not as though I'm totally dependent on video and sound...

In fact, checking this new site more often will serve as proof to myself and to my friends that I’m not just another hyper-active 20-something who only wants my news, art, and humor presented in splashy short-form videos...

It will prove that I do value heritage arts like poetry and painting...

That of course I understand that lyrics without music can actually be even more powerful..

And that photography is still a thing people do...

I'm going to check it right now, and make it a goal to check it once a day for a week...

Wait... What is it called again...

Ibbo, Effo...

googles "new hipster social media site with no video"

correction (because I also value being truthful), checks twitter, clicks on link posted by a favored band, watches a music video, then an interview, then actually works for a few minutes (because it is 2pm on a Monday) (and I am on my work computer, sitting at my work desk, sitting 5 feet away from my work boss), then recalls this internal dialogue, and then googles "new hipster social media site with no video"

Then begins to recount previous internal dialogue as a long, self-congratulatory post on Ello (that's what it was called!!!) in a creative albeit desperate attempt to contribute something vogue and befitting of the supposedly cutting-edge yet strangely antiquated social media site...

And all of this because...

A younger me gave Twitter the benefit of the doubt...

And fair is fair.