I’m working on stuff. Checking statistics. Looks like that last MJD show helped a great deal, eh? Just having things spelled-out as to what the main romance of Dark Shadows is within each production either by Curtis or with his estate’s “okay”, what-have-you. It was puzzling, wasn’t it? I guess a lot of us presumed many fans would figure out Barnabas + Josette’s reincarnation was kind of obvious, but I suppose it wasn’t.
Still, it’s been quite a struggle watching a ton of people so very addicted to social media.
There were a few pen pals who “ran away screaming” since they automatically decided staying in touch with the source of me, Daryl Wor, which IS me, either on paper, through email, via telephone calls, or even comments on this web-log, was just not the thing to do. Instead? They go to unreliable third parties on social media…
Social media: companies with loud brand-names trying to control a majority of people’s communication while distracting them with wasting more time, buying more stuff, and infusing their sites/apps with addictive components to make you dependent on them.
This is where you decided you would find the most reliable information? Not the source?
This is one of the reasons I find all the hullabaloo hard to take seriously. You aren’t using the internet to get in touch with someone directly. Instead you prefer to play “Telephone” with random others I highly doubt you have ever met in person to begin with. Have you ever read any articles on Snopes.com? It’s pretty educational, folks.
If you are plum flummoxed as to how I could garner the friendships of so many others, well… I looked for people who actually made sense; They didn’t jump to conclusions, were honest with themselves about what they liked, why they liked those things, and didn’t feel the need to pander to any kind of a status-quo other than for practical purposes of home and hearth, as well as their own needs for companionship.
They’re book-readers, learners, doers, makers, listeners, and above all, they think for themselves. They don’t look for massive group-approval. They prefer to reach the heart of matters, ask insightful questions, and don’t make any snap judgement from bare-shreds of unreliable evidence.
These people know how to do what I believe are simple things:
Make telephone calls
Attend community gatherings on their topics of choice.
Vote (okay, not always a simple skill.)
Slap-dash “sleuthing” online is not one of their trademarks. One pal did admit to looking a bit and then confessed to feeling “intimidated” so she decided to “log-off” and begin responding to my letter. Another pen friend said, “Yeah, I looked around online to check you out. I didn’t find anything bad.” He did that years ago and we’re still in touch. Then there is Helena who I’ve known since 2013, Osheen Nevoy and Lisa Weyenberg who I’ve known since 2014, then Melissa who I’ve known since 2015, and several others who agree with me that social networks are addictive and they wish there was an alternative to them that worked better and wasn’t such a mess.
I received a letter today asking, “But what do people run away from if they ‘sleuth’ you? Just judge-y people?”
It’s hard to know how to answer her simply. I’ve had this question before. When people stop talking to you, well, you can’t ask them why they stopped talking to you, can you? You get blankness as a response.
I think that’s been one of the worst elements of our plight. Rather than finding accurate information people pull random assumptions (crap) out of their rear-ends. They don’t have an answer so they make one up! Sherlock Holmes would not approve, would he?
Anyway, I am working on another show and LV chapters. I’m just letting myself relax these days. If you’re curious for more specifics, get in touch. I don’t expect it, but I am allowing the chance that someone reading this will or can possibly make that choice. It’s up to you.
See you later.