The promise of social media was to connect us all.

We could say nice things about each other while imagining, creating, and inspiring.

It worked.

Then the owners of these channels discovered that they could have an incrementally higher profit if they could change the algorithm.

So we went from,” educate, inspire, affirm” to “inflame, agitate, annoy.”

The upside was more engagement. To the uninitiated, engagement means more suckers watching more ads.

I’m here to tell you that participation isn’t mandatory. Your phone doesn’t have to be connected to the trunk line of those outrage machines.

It can be used as a creative tool to make the world better.

While walking around on a sidestreet in Seoul a while back, I was stopped in my tracks by this art installation that is a great reminder of how the individual can rise above the noise.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.