I was going to go with
but #this was too impersonal
it wasn’t the fact of life that matters
but that my life in particular matters
what am I trying to do
co-opt a bigger more important movement
coattail on the buzz
it has built
capitalize on their suffering & hard work
just to gain some pitiful attention
am I hoping to create controversy
with this spin
on an already over spun trend
with some snide spin of my own
because I think #myspinmatters
when its clear that it doesn’t
mean shit to a tree
I’m just another privileged guy
who doesn’t have a hope in hell
of stirring up anything
outside of his own little pond
so I guess
until I have something profound to say
and the money to back it up
My take on Law 39 was directly inspired by the use of # to create waves. It was a fast way to direct attention to important issues but then became more annoying than productive. People were responding more to the use of it than the actual issue. Some added the current # to posts that had nothing to do with the issue.
It was suggested, at one time, one add the most popular words or names to their posts simply to attract attention & get them listed in search engines. Anything to get hits. The theory being the more hits the great the exposure – but it’s too easy to die of over-exposure or by # crying wolf. Even when my blog posts touch on certain hot topics I have resisted that # simply because I’m more interested in saying something than coat-tailing. When I first posted this piece I did not use the reference #BLM just to get attention.
It’s also a comment on the reactions to the use of ‘matters’ to suppress or diminish the importance of the issue – once again diverting attention from one thing with a defensive action that doesn’t address anything except an unwillingness to work for real change. It also became too easy to # than to take action anyway.
The use of # to stir up interest has now being too over used. I’ve did a recent check on # for the Texas floods & man the number of rabid anti-lgbtq sites using it to get attention for their political stance & not for anything to assist the victims is #disgusting.
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