What did I learn from the UK parliamentary election? I learned something valuable that, at first, may appear to be very off-topic. I learned that social media has less power to influence people in certain aspects than we are told that it does. Social media is good for a lot of reasons, it can be used to teach us, and make us aware of what’s going on in the world and what is available, however, its power to influence is not as prominent as I previously believed. And I wanted to say that its power lies within indoctrinating people, but upon reflection, it doesn’t do that either, because social media isn’t the issue. Social media isn’t real, in a sense, Social media is just a platform, it is nothing without the people that use it.
The real problem lies in the fact that Social media connects us, but it doesn’t just connect us at random, we connect with our friends and family, and then it extends to their friends and family, and it recommends pages and accounts that our friends like and react to, and all of a sudden, by the nature of the way it connects us and the algorithms it uses, we’re only really seeing posts from like-minded people, and that can dangerously cloud our judgment of the real world.
After the election, I thought about everything I’d seen on the run-up. I won’t lie to anybody, I voted labour, and so did the majority of my family and friends. But the way that extended out, and I must say, especially on Twitter, I was seeing people I didn’t know all across the country ripping into Conservative supporters, what amounted to borderline bullying of teenagers in favour of the Conservative party. And if you’d have seen my Twitter feed, you’d have been Convinced that the ratio of supporters of Labour to Conservative was a thousand to one… And well, you know the results, 365 to 203 in favour of the Conservatives, I won’t pretend I know a lot about politics, or in all honesty, that I even care about politics; I think the results of the election matter a lot less than people believe, and I don’t see it as black and white, but part two of this is based around my view of politics and democracy as a whole, so to me, I’m happy to just wait and see what happens.
But here’s my issue, 365 to 203 is a large majority, especially to say that what I’ve been seeing for the past 4 months has been Labour propaganda, and then not only did Labour lose, they lost 59 seats, and the Conservatives gained 47, something there doesn’t add up. When you put it in perspective, you’ve got Stormzy at Glastonbury convincing his whole audience to shout “Fuck Boris” live on the BBC, hundreds of “influencers” promoting the idea of a Labour government, and they go and LOSE 59 seats…
There’s no conclusion to this, and I want to keep it short because I’m not here to tell you what to believe and what to disregard, that defeats the point, what I want you to take from this, is to think freely and do adequate research, if you only get your information from like-minded people, and you only look at the sources that are biased in favour of your current views, you’ll be stuck with a very linear and very shadowed perception of the world and how it works.