Dandelion Seeds

Social media is digital equivalent of blowing your thoughts into the wind like dandelion seeds. In this sense, it is the opposite of strategic. If there is something that you would like me to know, tell me — don’t wire it into a global network expecting that I am going to monitor every feed and conduit to cleverly decipher the importance of your message apart from the mountain of minutia in which you have buried it. Must we play this game of communicative roulette?

You pick up a pen and a sheet of paper and jot down a quick note. You seal, stamp it, and drop it in a mailbox. However, you intentionally neglect to write a recipient’s name and address on the envelope. Why? Well, the message was just a random status update, actually meant for no one in particular. As telecommunication platforms go, the great “advancement” of social media is that the sender can send personal messages with little to no certainty of who the actual recipient will be. Dandelion seeds. Blown into the wind…

But like scattered seeds, who can know how shared ideas will germinate and grow as they spread? Who can predict how beliefs — when caught up in the air currents of consciousness and discourse — might in topple governments or save lives? Perhaps in the sheer randomness of social media — a trait which it shares most with the essence of life itself — lies the kernel of our attraction to it in the first place.