Use the comments section to discuss anything related to the writing life.
I’ll begin. Writers often present their characters in terms of who they think people are. I deny being a conspiracy nut. But the following two things are true.
- Computer Mediated Communication makes people angry.
- Stats from Wikipedia showing that the incidence of mass shootings spiked 8-fold after Facebook launched in 2004.
(91 mass shootings between 1920-2003 = 91/83 years = 1.09 per year.
146 mass shootings between 2004-2020 = 146/17 years = 8.58 per year)
Two things being correlated does not prove cause and effect. The sun rose this morning and I had French toast for breakfast. No cause & effect there. But the question is valid.
As a writer, do you think social media has changed us, or do you think we have changed, and social media merely reflects who we are?