Savage surveyors

In the mid 1800’s the Native Indians of the Americas had their livelihoods turned upside down by the arrival of white settlers looking for new land to take. The opposing sides waged mini wars against each other, scalping & kidnapping along the way. Part of the process of acquiring new land was that surveyors, or surveying parties would travel to prospective locations and assess the land. Knowingly, these professionals would be putting themselves in grave danger carrying out their jobs. The first few surveying parties coming back with arrows through the shoulder & fingers missing would’ve been a stark warning enough for the following surveying parties, however obviously not enough of a deterrent to stop them. The mindset of people two hundred years ago, generally was different back then because if I had to carry a deadly weapon up to go and carry out a survey today, I might reconsider my career choices.  In fact agriculture, is one of the  most dangerous jobs out there in terms of death count. Being a soldier or a policeman, is dangerous but is different as those roles directly deal with conflict and danger and for the majority of job roles these days, death and violence aren’t part of the job criteria. Surveyors of two hundred years ago seem to be made of a different grade of steel than the cotton candy types of today, myself included!

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the Social media future DILEMMA

Watching the social dilemma uncovered an element of social media many people have been experiencing, but it hasn’t been talked about much. A part of that is because social media is a new phenomenon & we haven’t had chance to collect the data on it’s true effectiveness yet. The main social media culprits are facebook, snapchat, instagram and twitter, especially in the West. All of these companies have grown to be billion dollar multinational corporations with huge influence. I’ve been on twitter for six months and I can say it is a cerebral cesspool with all sorts of ideas and insults being thrown around for fun. One of the reasons why I think twitter is good however, is because of the potential for psychological use, and I think many people use it for a mental clean out without intention. On social media platforms, no matter what your personal ideology is, you will always find someone or a group of people to confirm your perceived correctness. that’s good in a way because it’s a way for lonely minds to get company, but confirmation bias will raise up quickly. You can find answers to questions you want and you see this with the useless bullshit questions people ask randomly on twitter to try and maintain a ‘fanbase’, but it helps maintain interaction. If you  have anger problems it’s the perfect place to vent, and project all of your internalised insecurities and negative emotions onto any unsuspected twitter user.

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