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Saturday, 28 January 2012

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Word of mouth may have to suffice, at least for now.

The social media stoppage may not be forever; in fact, it will probably last only a few weeks.

But starting next Wednesday -- for a limited time -- there will be NO social media whatsoever. Al Gore, founder of the Internet, made the announcement yesterday and explains why. "My research indicates that, although people continue to send out their own written rubbish -- in fact, in greater and greater quantities -- not that many are reading the written rubbish of others. Sad, but it gives new meaning to what Shakespeare wrote, To thine own self be true."

Sharing, according to Mr. Gore, should mean both giving (contributing to social media) and taking (reading the contributions of others). But in the area of social media, unlike in many other areas of life, there's too much of the former and too little of the latter. "Someone has to set things right, someone's gotta do it," stated the former Vice-president, also reminding the reporter to take a look at the Gore Twitter feed and Facebook page before they go dark.

Thousands and thousands of teenagers the world over were appalled by the news of the social media stoppage. "How will I know what to LIKE without being advised by my friends?" asked one perplexed teen.

And teens aren't the only ones displeased with the stoppage. Sarah Selfish, 31, a big fan of social media, opined that the fault lies, not with the system, but with those folks who, unlike her, report only drivel, never anything of interest. Ms. Selfish said, "What applies here is the line from that Field of Dreams movie: If you build it, they will come."

But will they?

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