Creates New Utopia or is it a Dystopian Hellhole?

Cristal M Clark 

In case anyone missed it, Facebook is rebranding, morphine or rather attempting to change its image here. Mark Zuckerburg announced Facebook is now Meta this past week. The announcement caused quite the stir among those in the know. You see Facebook wants to become a strange and bizarre product presentation introducing the so-called metaverse.

That translates to the new metaverse is a dream of a future internet that we have only seen in films such as Demolition Man. To make matters much worse it seems that no one really has a set definition of what Meta will look like as of yet, simply because it’s a concept still and far from a reality. 

Facebook describes it as “a set of virtual spaces where you can create and explore with other people who aren’t in the same physical space as you.” 

Mark Zuckerberg’s presentation showed a series of concept videos that highlighted Facebook’s Meta’s vision for a sort of augmented reality one where you can send a holographic image of yourself to a concert with a friend attending in real life, or sit at a virtual meeting table with colleagues.  

This caused some very loud alarm bells to start ringing. First, is this an attempt by Facebook to dodge its current public nightmare of leaks accusing the company of failing on purpose to stop false information, protect teenage girls or maybe how Facebook exploits its users without consent? 

Who knows really. If Facebook failed to stop the spread of misinformation on any of it’s platforms now, it’s a pretty certain bet that they will fail under the guise of Meta at stopping it, nor will they stop attempting to exploit users being more in favor of the almighty advertising dollar.

More pointedly, does any of that really matter? Users of any social media platform, online shoppers, gamblers, gamers, hell cell phone owners are blindly giving intel away as it is. We bleed out information anytime you shop online, play an online game, answer those ridiculous memes designed to obtain things like your mother’s maiden name, year you were born…

I get it, the government, media outlets want to protect us all right? They do right and they want to stop this Evil Mark Zuckerburg from doing what he does like exploit us, right? 

Isn’t that what the news does every single time they interview witnesses to let’s say a bank robbery where someone was shot and killed? What’s more, have you ever looked through the actual sponsored content on your local news outlets website, or CNN’s, FoxNews? You know those flashy ads that read more like they are actual news or advice from a well known doctor? Those sponsored content ads are created to exploit anyone who clicks on them, are they not? 

Anytime a major news anchor drops his or her personal, emotional and vile opinion into a news story, they taint the news, it becomes invalidated. Anytime a major network directs its reporters to be on one side or the other, it invalidates the news, by default. Anytime it runs unproven advertisements like they do when viewing the news online, they are exploiting the audience, filling them with false information too. 

So major broadcasters get to sound the alarm bell over social media, hence they are saying “Hey Mark, this is our goose egg and what is good for the Goose is, not good for the Gander!” 

Who really knows if Meta will work or not, how long it will take to get up and running or if society is even ready for that? Seeing everyone’s reaction to being locked down, I am not so sure it will work out at all. 

Cristal M Clark

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So Much Speculation. 

Cristal M Clark 

I keep seeing these poorly written articles with regards to why workers are quitting jobs lately and you know it’s all speculation really. Most of them are saying it boils down to one reason. 

Some say it’s because employees want more money, others are saying employees want better life balance, while others are saying employees are sick of being mistreated by managers, bosses, co-workers and customers and form many employees, they want to work from home still. Lastly, employees want to be heard right? Companies either don’t take suggestions or they do it in such a way that it causes so much work drama that it never really changes anything. 

The truth of the matter is actually pretty simple, the reason employees are quitting is not one reason over the other but rather all of the above. For the past few decades, it’s been the employer on the top of the food chain, employees feared losing a job, now it’s the employees that are calling the shots and driving change in the job market which is a long overdue correction that needed to happen. 

When a company allows owners, shareholders and upper management to become wealthy while doing very little work not to mention not having one single idea as to how the day to day actually runs within an organization, it poisons the well so to speak. Employees are tired of working themselves to death and having very little show for it. Let’s be honest, most business owners and board members if forced to do it, would be unable to actually successfully run the day to day operations of the organizations they gleefully claim to run. They don’t run the organization, the underpaid staff does. That staff gets your customers, readers, fan base whatever you want to call, it’s your people not your brands that make it happen. Besides the idea of branding is a dying dinosaur since the cat is out of the bag that it is in fact, your employees that make it happen. 

When employees who’ve been with an organization for 3 or more years start thinking about leaving, it’s a sign that something deep within the organization has in fact not been working and damage will be difficult to navigate and mitigate once long term employees start to leave. 

For many it is about a living wage, which is significantly higher than minimum wage in the United States, every state’s minimum wage is so much lower than what an actual living wage is. It is sickening and has allowed employers to exploit workers. It is akin to modern day slavery. Then again so is work life balance and work life balance is not always just about days off, weekends, or sick time it has a lot more to do with flexibility. 

The one thing that strikes me as funny about all of this are the employers whining about not being able to hire staff. Waitstaff for instance, instead of whining about why you cannot hire anyone, maybe try changing how you pay these folks, like oh I don’t know, offer a living wage and stop making your goddamn staff live off of tips. Start a trend here in the US, you know something like that. 

Retail is the same, and the same could be said about hiring people at living wages. Ever wonder why people who are out of work flock to work at Starbucks? They pay a decent wage, bump wages up quickly, have tuition programs and offer a really good benefit package to employees. That shows when you visit a Starbucks, the employees are happy, fun, engaging and enjoy slinging coffee. 

The solution to the employee shortage is literally staring every employer in the face, what is remarkably funny is that many employers still don’t want to admit it and still don’t want to do the right thing. 

What’s worse than not having enough workers? This supply chain shortage right? Well, that’s not all staff shortage issues it will however add to the stress of hiring currently. Cyber attacks are playing an even bigger role in quite a bit of things than anyone realizes yet.

Cristal M Clark

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