The sun is setting in Acoustic Guitars Posted October 8 On 10/6/2020 at 8:21 PM, Idunno said: Not to be a negative element fouling hopes that the place finds its bootstraps, but it's becoming evident that it can't and it has zero bearing on the context of age-grouping, as Neil suggests. I've been to reddit and thought it to be rather clinically disparate and cold, and not a suitable substitute to forums or even a last resort. As far as social media goes, there's a common sense issue regarding privacy breeches that most social media advocates/users dismiss out of hand. I think it's a shortcoming indoctrinated by techno-driven peer pressure creating the mass appeal to be suckered into such agencies of self-serving commercial interests. Enough factual data is publicly announced about the invasiveness (data mining) of social media that one can pretty much assume blatant disregard summarizes the 3.82 billion user's stances about the protection of their own privacy. It's either that or they're simply blissfully ignorant of it. It comes down to the loss of preference for personal involvement; a dehumanizing mechanism at work. The telecommunications today by and large minimizes the personal contact making humans human. Reddit especially exemplifies that due to it's sheer global numbers reporting in versus discussion. Much of what I see there isn't discussion at all. It's more of an information exchange of catch as catch can and little if any warmth. Anyway, yes, there was a time here when the whole human enchilada was at work here tying it, trying it and binding it to itself. It wasn't always pretty but it was a heavy hitter as far as forums go but the head office here didn't see the gold in it. It's misguided decision to manifest itself as fun for the whole family was and remains a form of business mismanagement that cost it a rather profitable position. I understand and can even sympathize somewhat, but I can't allow myself to adopt a feeling of defeatism. It's not good for one's mental, physical or spiritual health These past 4 years have been difficult for me, not because of politics but because of family struggles. I have been dealing with depression my entire life but it's been especially hard and I've been trying to claw my way back out of the pit I've dug for myself. One of the pitfalls is looking back instead of looking forward. We only get so much time on this earth and from what I have seen, being stagnant is a "little death." IMO it's better to stay in motion that to sit still or try and go in reverse. So say what you will about social media and Reddit, but I will try to branch out and try to understand how younger eyes see the world - and try to guide them without preaching. If anything, the enthusiasm is a nice change of pace over the "get off my lawn" mentality that prevails at places like AGF.