Social Media Halted; Few Users Are Reading Contributions of Others

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Social Media Series: Second Article of Five

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Social Media Series: Second Article of Five

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Social Media Halted; Few Users Are Reading Contributions of Others By GAIL FARRELLY

Gail Farrelly grew up in The Bronx and now resides in Bronxville, NY. Having a doctorate in accounting from George Washington University, she’s taught in several universities and published numerous articles in business and academic journals. Learning about the murderous politics of academic life turned her mind to crime. The fictional kind, of course! Her first mystery, “Beaned In Boston,” in which a lecherous professor perishes even though he was well published, was named to the Washington Irving Book Selection List. Her short story, “Even Steven,” was nominated for a Derringer Award. Gail writes spoofs for the Yonkers Tribune Webaper,, and for a British website, Gail shares a website,, with her sister Rita, also a mystery writer.

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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END: Article Two of Five.

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Social Media Series  – Third Article of Five entitled “Big Brother Is Watching Too Much, Way Too Much By GAIL FARRELLY” will unfurl on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 9am Eastern Time.

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SMFS Short Story Saturdays: Gail Farrelly

SMFS Short Story Saturdays was born out of the very successful International Short Story Month this year. Each Saturday we feature a SMFS list member whose work can be read online for free. These short stories are at least a year old and were not previously linked to during the May 2018 Short Story Month event.

Today for SMFS Short Story Saturdays, Gail Farrelly shares “The Eyes Have It” archived at the Yonkers Tribune.

If you would like to be included and are a member of the SMFS list at yahoo groups, email the link to your story to KevinRTipple @

If you are not a member, this would be a good time to check us out at Yahoo Groups


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