I am supposed to be sleeping by now because I was invited to an early Thanksgiving celebration in the next town - at least an hour away from Kampala.
But I decided to check out WP and see what's happening, as it's been a while since I was here last. Actually, I went back to writing recently. I found some mojo again and started writing about my lack of enthusiasm traveling out of the country, celebrate somewhere the holidays, and supposed to return invigorated. That’s all I can talk about now as I contemplate how to tell my stories without it reading and sounding like a travel blog. I re-booted my site and gave it a new dressing but Facebook and other social sites it supports still refuses to let me post my stories there - telling me I violated the community standards.
It got me thinking since it happened, what standards had I violated? Someone must have reported the story I did on abortion because I questioned the practice or the lack of it in the settlement or refugee camp where I work. It was not my story; it was a post from a conversation with a friend from another organization that deals with sexual violence, heresy in the settlement. I question if abortion can be justified. After I published that story and shared it on my social media, dhidhak.com is blocked for most of 2020.
I am not bothered completely; I can still share my stories in my blog with or without social media. More reason for me to cross-post here, and let’s see if I can keep up and be an active storyteller again. I will share it here in my next post; since I pulled down all my stories when I rebooted my site, all that has been published are not found online.
They, the social media sites, have been controlling most of our lives - they dictate what we can and cannot post, yet we read so much fake news that gullible people take as real news. We are attached to it that we start our days with our phones in our hands, scrolling what happened in our newsfeed, until we retire in the night.
Despite what I said, I also acknowledge the value of social media in these trying times. We need to be current, to know what happens where we live now, back home, and catch up with friends all over the world.
I’m curious, how much do you depend on social media? How much does it affect your decisions? Your daily life?