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Will the negative effects of social media destroy civilization?

Social media quote from Ready Player Two on book cover background.
The second of only two posts on this book!

“A world where people don’t go outside and touch each other anymore? Where everyone sleeps their lives away while reality collapses all around them?
Sometimes I think my parents are better off. They don’t have to live in this utopia you’ve all created.”

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

I honestly (most of the time) don’t believe the negative effects of social media and the internet will destroy the world as we know it, but I was in a bleak mood when I wrote this, so prepare yourselves. I’m not always this pessimistic, but lately, I’ve felt overwhelmed. I try to assume positive intent. I attempt to see things from a different perspective. But man…when everywhere I look (and I’ve been off social media for over a month now, mostly just looking at the physical world around me) all I see are zombies. I want to scream…WAKE UP!

Maybe I need some new friends? A new location? One of my sons has been out in the world recently. His reports come back positive for the most part. My youngest leaves for university in a few weeks and I’m looking forward to hearing his perspective of a whole new world.

Can we overcome the negative side of social media and use it in positive ways?

I can’t think of how to put this into words. This line just killed me. In fact, the whole book was overwhelmingly sad to me and not because I’m a technology hater. I love the internet. I loved social media, until the past couple of years. I see so much potential, so much to create with it.

But it seems the Ready Player Two characters are only reliving the past through virtual reality, escaping into old movies and music, instead of using the new medium to create and collaborate. I’d hoped the second book would build on the first. I’d hoped that the first book had taught humanity a lesson and that the second would be creative in showing us how we could build on this new technology in innovative and exciting ways. I wanted to see Lazarus soar to the skies with his new wings, with the lesson learned about flying too close to the sun.

Maybe they’re right. Maybe the internet is what ends up destroying us. We just can’t have nice things.


Have you read Ready Player Tw0? Did you read Ready Player One? Or watch the movie? Comment and let me know what you think!

Read my previous post about Ready Player Two, Reality is Not the Curated Fragments of Life in the Media.

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My “Level Up” Birthday Giveaway!

Started a new book for a new year…story to follow. Read on!

A BIG HUGE THANKS to Book Coffee Happy – Let’s discuss books! for the Birthday Inspiration she gave me last night! Go wish HER a Happy Birthday, too! Personally, I think December babies are the best kind of people, especially the redheaded ones. We’re just cool, if I do say so myself.

So…it’s my “Level Up” day, as I like to call it. Currently rocking Level 48 as of today. I’ve gained many experience points, not too many weapons gathered, but many spells and skills. Here’s to hoping for many more! How about you?

My birthday has already been pretty fabulous because I started reading Ready Player Two this morning. My Dad and I LOVED Ready Player One and when he pointed out that there was a TWO coming…I immediately jumped over and pre-ordered it and then…magically…it came in the mail just days before by birthday so I saved it! And now I’m sure my Dad and I will have many notes to compare in the coming weeks. …swoon…

Reason #2 for an already awesome birthday!

A friend got me this cup yesterday while we were shopping at Target. I passed it by three times, saying, “No coffee cups. I have enough!” But…it was just so perfect. “It’s true! It’s true!” Embracing my “not always nice, but I AM trying” personality. Maybe that’s just part of growing up?

My wish as I blow out the candles this year? Another year of chances to share more loves, conversations, cups of coffee, tacos and pizza. Drinks with friends, tv and couch snuggles, new books, and…dare I say it…the courage to attempt more writing and sending those letters to publishers.

In honor of this day…and my fabulous parents, both birth and step, I’m going to give away an Amazon gift card to a random commenter, just like my friend at Book Coffee Happy. Yay! Your gift to me will be commenting something clever instead of just reading and loving my words in your heart, which I know you do every single day. Don’t try to hide it!

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