I think we all probably underestimate our individual power. On Christmas Eve, I shared a video on Facebook with a friend. I’d have texted it, but the file was too big. It was shared ONLY with her. It is a very poor quality phone video of her blind husband singing “From a Distance” with Bette Midler on a CD in the background. He LOVES that song; it makes him cry in a good way. When the song ended they had a “moment” which was the sweetest part of the whole thing. I stood in the living room and made a video of the part of the song I caught.
So… Sony entertainment (???) Immediately blocked it on Facebook due to a copyright infringement. It wasn’t for sale. The song was incomplete. It had an audience of one. I filed a protest. The protest was denied. All because, probably, I am an enormous threat to Sony Entertainment and a solitary blind man singing poorly on Christmas Eve is a WORSE threat, copying Bette Midler like that. Never mind his wife who, if she saw it, would be a REAL threat to Sony entertainment.
What’s most disturbing is how did Sony FIND that thing within seconds (yes!) of my posting it? Yeah, I know it’s a bot, but… I’d really like to get off Facebook but at this moment in time it would be unkind. Now I’m wondering if kind vs. unkind is even something to think about.
I haven’t followed the various Facebook sagas of the past years because I know I’m not leaving. I have all of 50 friends. BUT I have pages for my art work and books — one reason I’m still on Facebook. The other is it is the one place my very elderly beloved adopted art mother can “live” at this point in her life. She’s 96, in an assisted living facility, and Covid has restricted her life even more. It’s another element of our twisted reality, weighing the benefits with the liabilities.
In other news, I have a really good cup of coffee this morning and, sadly, it’s about empty. Dark times, dark times. BUT, on the bright side, Teddy is right here, waiting to lick out the cream and coffee mixture.