A Blog about Democracy, Social Media and Technology

A small disclaimer before I start. This is a hypothetical scenario I'm quoting here! Please don't take everything 100% serious!

Have you ever thought about this scenario? What if there would be no more social media platform around. No Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest or Twitter. All gone within a couple of minutes.

One thing would funny for sure. A lot of these digital marketing gurus put there, would be super scared and don't know what to do! Most of them count heavily on these platforms. Especially Facebook and their Ads Market would be a massive lost for most of them.

But for the majority of us, this split or deletion would be a pleasant surprise. As you might know – expect if you were born after 2005 you would have no idea about it – there was a time before, when you would actually meet up in person. There was no WhatsApp or DM to reach someone.

This article shouldn't be a retrospective of life before social media. It's a What If scenario! One which could very much come true, as President Donald Trump is threatening Twitter and Facebook at the very moment I draft this article.

I believe – once everyone realised that they can't check Instagram anymore – most people would immediately be looking for an outlet. Social media is such a part of our everyday life, people would need to find a distraction fast! My bet would be on libraries, book shops and meet-ups. Most of us would start to read again and therefore find a filler for the big social media hole. For the younger audience reading this article, you would find an alternative too. Maybe you would finally start picking up a book! From a private aspect, we would know what to do within a couple of days.

But if you take a closer look at this from a business standpoint, you will start biting your nails. Let's analyse a few specific fields of operations:

Marketing and Sales:

This is the one department a tone of business would suffer from. So companies use social media as a powerful communication tool. Not only to interact with their audience or community, but to also feature new products or releases within seconds.

If you add the whole advertising aspect into the mix as well, you would end up seeing a lot of missed ad space. I would even go as far and say, that the regular paper, magazine and TV ad would take over again. Meaning only the richest or biggest companies would afford to advertise again.

However the most brutal place businesses would miss out, is in their sales department. Not only would sales reps loose the possibility to double check their leads, they would also have to get back to annoying sales methods, like cold calling over the phone. Most importantly, they would loos the ability to close deals fast. As they would rely on regular communication systems again.

HR and Recruiting:

For these departments this situation could be very dangerous. Not that they would not be able to their job anymore. Recruiting was very active before the emerge of social media, but there is one platform a tone of them use: LinkedIn! Heck, they even set out pricing plans for HR and Recruiters.

The standard workflow for recruiters these days is to look for the profiles of candidates and save their profiles for further questioning. If they would get rid of this essential tool, I believe most of the recruiting would take longer and therefore more projects in the end could be postponed.

Especially if there is a big hiring spree in a cooperate environment. These delays could end up costing big companies more in the long run...

For now, these departments would be the one suffering the most from the direct loos of social media outreach. However, I believe that a lot of work colleagues would suffer as well. As most of the after hour gatherings or lunch events are planned with Messenger or WhatsApp Chats.

However, I believe the most interesting question we can throw out there is, if the companies associated with these giants would be taken down as well? In theory Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus and Vine could be bought back, if they have enough money. That however is proper guess work, as we have no idea what the legal arrangements are with said companies.

All in all, life would be less hectic. We would stop compare us and actually focus on proper relationships again. A lot of cyberbullying would stop and teenagers as a whole would stop being so fake. On the other hand, the business world could suffer immensely and would be taken back a couple of decades again. I'm not saying that it wouldn't work, but a lot of industries would have to adapt again.

Let's see what the future holds. I just saw the announcement of President Trump. Maybe he already pushed the law into action. Time to catch up and see what will follow in the next couple of hours. I will definitely write a follow up for this article!

It’s funny isn’t it? There are so many different things happening right now in this COVID-19 crisis. A lot of countries are being bombarded with problems they never imagined having.

Some of these problems are because of broken healthcare systems or questionable laws. I won’t go into details about this, but there are a lot of things happening right now which question the functionality of a democracy.

So instead of writing one of those pro/con articles, I thought it would be interesting to ask 10 questions about Democracy in a Pandemic. I’ll add my thoughts to why I choose that question below each one.

Do we really have a vote in this?

I don't want to go into specifics. I know there are people with all kinds of theories. From blaming bats to swearing that the virus was created in a lab.

But what I really want to go into is, if we as citizens still have the democratic right most of our nations are build on? We see leaders and presidents deciding without asking the nation what they truly want!

You can't argue to question if we still have a vote in this! Let's see what the future holds in store...

How much freedom does the press really have?

Freedom of the Press is a fundamental right every media company and therefore journalist has. Whatever topic or event you cover, you write about with your best intentions. We're not in a Cold War and don't have to worry about censorship or control. (Well, in theory..)

But you see more and more Media Outlets who change their voice and tone of reporting. Is this because of a sudden strategy change or did someone tell them to do so? We'll probably never know.

Is democracy the same everywhere in the world?

You might read this sentence and ask yourself if I lost my mind! Before you judge me, think about it for a while. Most politicians do what they do because of the democracy. After all, in most political systems the people choose their represantives. I personally live in Switzerland and over here we have a half direct democracy, meaning we vote a politician into parliament.

Therefore they should represent the values and inquiries the people ask for. The represent the nations will. Now this is only a half direct democracy because we don't vote for every political office. Our Federal Council for example are not chosen by the people. They are chosen within each party. Those 7 people are mostly also the ones who decide what will happen in the near future.

Now, does the UK have the same democracy like Switzerland? Of course not! But in theory the democratic foundation should be the same everywhere. There is a nation, represented by people who choose individuals into office or parliament.

With all these changes and adaptations, you see each country solve their problems differently. Some of them try to stick to the democratic schedule, while others turn their power into dictatorship!

It's hard for a regular citizen if their rights are still taken seriously if a group of people decide over their heads. And don't give me that, “We can't vote” bullshit! We live in the 21. century! There a numbers of ways to vote digitally. Over the phone or camera for example!

This begs the question: If there are states who stick to the fundamental rights of democracy and others who turn into dictators, can we really count on it?

How long will this dilemma last?

I feel this article wouldn't be done, if I hadn't mentioned this question. Please remember, that I wrote this article in the first week of May 2020. So if this whole thing is over and you read it after the pandemic, treat this question like those annoying Facebook Moments Reminders.

This question is one many nations and leaders are trying to solve on a daily basis. For most businesses and individuals out there, the time can't come soon enough. Which I feel is the right strategy as well. And if you're on the other side, hear me out for a minute.

If we can achieve a herd immunity and fight this virus naturally, we can open more of these businesses. Not because we value money over lives, but we can actually support many of these local shops to come out positive of this crisis.

To conclude this article, I wanted to make sure that I didn't offend anyone. I know that these questions are very specific. Some of them are very open and provocative. But these are mostly the questions which result in interesting dialogs. Which I hope some of you will start. This at least is one more way to get through this together.

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