On Medium also … I have actual work to do, but I put the top 35 stories from December into a chart. If I did the entire top 100 it would definitely present a depressing picture. This is a platform where Jon Krakauer has 2.5 times the number of “followers” that I have, and I have to be one of the more “followed” women over age 50 here — with like 250+ followers.

That said, on other social media platforms, I definitely see echo chamber behavior, and I have probably one of the more eclectic, international, multilingual and diverse follower/friend groups to look at.

Here on Medium, I noticed the “problem” when the incredibly long, boring articles (I’m gonna reboot my life and read more and drink less beer!) by semi-celebrities were being shared … well on Facebook it’s attention-whores all the way around. Now that there’s an election that seems like it could be Hillary vs. The Donald — there’s some “quality” for ya!

That led me to notice there’s a direct 1:1 correlation between this type of social media behavior and “entertainment” or “thought quality” of the individual who does it. I can think of only one exception — a guy who’s super diehard on one political side who, aside from that, is a wonderful writer and a great person. I cut him some slack.

David Gerrold? Not so much.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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