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a11yguy 11 days ago | hide | past | favorite

I'm so tired of "content marketing", in its driest and ugliest form. As it is in this case.

The author of the blog post is also the author of a book on "how to live a meaningful life". And the first thing that you hit on that webpage is a sad "ad" to check out the rest of the website, "BEFORE YOU GO, CHECK THIS OUT!".

But I thought... Well, it's #2 on Hacker News, perhaps the content is good...

After reading the article, my impression didn't change: an empty article, cliches all over the place, including stock photos every now and then.

I hate this part of the Internet.

I guess people must be upvoting the title alone because content-wise it's just an empty assertion. "The internet was supposed to be <subjective claim>, instead it is <subjective claim>."

Kinda been thinking about something James Clear, who has likewise been out promoting his book about productivity, said recently that I thought rang true which was (paraphrasing) "The people you follow [online] will end up determining your future thoughts, so choose them carefully."

Summary: Prefer real world over social media.

The path to that conclusion: Very weak, at best.

I agree with you.

I was hoping for some insightful analysis, but unfortunately this article can be summed up with one sentence: "Social media creates like-minded filter bubbles which can cause trouble relating to people in real life". The only solution offered is to stop using social media, which does work, but is not helpful if it's your friends/relatives who are are the ones ensconced in a filter bubble.

Here is some more insightful analysis and actual answer on how to fix social networking:


> I thought of this because recently, at a family gathering, one of my siblings brought up some social media ideas.

In this sentence the words "social media ideas" link to another article: https://howtoliveameaningfullife.com/stop-being-so-nice/

I'm left feeling really confused as to how that article is relevant to the text it is linked under. What am I missing?

Seems like an SEO attempt

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