The Social Machine

SundayU Magazine | 5/6/2019 | Carrie Kintz
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I have a confession to make: Sometimes, I am the worst. At writing, at life, and at social media, you name it, and I’ve probably been the worst at it at some point. Usually, I can sound like an expert and a know-it-all about almost anything, even things I know nothing about in real life. (But not a guru. Never a guru.) But I wrestled with that while writing this post.

As I was trying to write about humanity being necessary to social media I realized I sounded robotic, unfeeling, and nothing like a human. I felt like Kristen Stewart in every movie she’s ever made (except I smile more).

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Then, I found this Margret Atwood quote:

“Social media is called social for a reason. It lends itself to sharing rather than horn-tooting.” Reading it was a gentle smack in the face — if there can be such a thing. The sentiment reminded me of what I truly love about being on all of these social media platforms: the stories, the sharing, and the people.

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I love that ordinary people share their hilarious songs about why you can’t date their daughter because people can relate to it or find it funny, and it spreads like wildfire. Or there are others, like the Rees family, who started a page honoring their daughter who died of cancer. Now they spend their lives making the day of other children who are battling that horrific disease. In fact, our stories can shine even brighter through social media. Photos, videos, and blogs give us the opportunity to share what we all share; our human need for connection and community.

A great example here in the Springs is SparrowHawk Cookware. Allen Eppley runs the store and its social media channels. If you look at SparrowHawk’s Facebook page or Instagram feed, you’ll...
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