Maybe Social Media and the Internet Were Mistakes…

On Monday I decided to post a video of the Phillies-Giants game to TikTok with the national anthem dubbed over it. I figured what’s more American than baseball on Memorial Day, maybe a few people would like it? Well, a few did. Of my 12 videos I’ve ever posted on there, it’s my first to cross 1,000 views, with over 6,800 right now. It has 50 likes. And the comments… oh, the comments. See for yourself below…

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTd7wMhxq/?k=1

Some people complained about the usher “making himself a seat in the aisle.” Others complained about fat people. Most talked about the fans sitting and the players playing through the national anthem though, which did not actually happen, of course. I put the music over the video, it was not playing in the ballpark. As I said, the comments are gold…

If actual TikTok users accidentally can be fooled by a video on TikTok into believing that two Major League Baseball teams and 26,000 plus fans would just ignore the national anthem and play the game through it, what does that say about Social Media and actual efforts to fool the public? Is the free flow of information on the internet actually a good thing? Can we actually function and handle the things we see? Increasingly, I doubt it…