KEANU REEVES MADE ME DO THIS...
Updated: Jun 26
Well, hello. I almost didn’t see you there. Welcome to the new and improved David J. Meister website. Come on in, pull up a chair, sit back, and put yer damn feet up while I tell you the story of how this new endeavor came into being.
It all started with Keanu Reeves.
I was minding my own business, strolling through the dumpster fire we call the internet when I came upon an advertisement for the upcoming movie, Bill and Ted 3. I was a fan of the original as a kid so I clicked on the trailer and watched it. It was whatever. Who doesn't love Keanu? I'll probably watch it.
After the video was done playing, I noticed something. Everyone's social media except for Keanu was tagged in the ad. Now this may be common knowledge to most, and maybe even I knew it on some cellular level, but I suddenly became aware, consciously aware that Keanu Reeves does not have social media.
Well, yeah. Of course, he doesn’t. I'm not sure why that made immediate sense to me, but it did. Now, I have several friends who don't do social media so I found what happened next to be quite strange.
A wave, of what I can only describe as disgust, washed over me. I was confused by it at first. I mean, the trailer wasn't that bad. As the yuckiness passed, a realization rose from my subconscious. It made me angry and this is what it was: For the last several years, I had spent a measurable portion of each day contemplating my exit from the social media experiment.
Wasting time on social media is a pet peeve of mine. And now, here I was, face to face with the fact that I was wasting even more time thinking about leaving social media. Oh sure, like many people, I always had a good excuse not to leave. You need it for business. It’s a good way to connect with new people. You have relatives that you only connect with through Facebook. You will miss out on what people are doing. And so on…
For whatever reason, on that day, at that moment, I felt like Neo in The Matrix (coincidently played by Keanu Reeves). The lie that I had chosen to believe was suddenly pulled from my eyes and I saw the truth... All of my reasons for not leaving social media were complete and utter bullshit.
There were other ways to communicate with loved ones. Better ways. The time I spent on social media, scrolling, it could be used for so many other things. I started to realize for the first time, holy shit, I could leave social media. I don’t actually need it for anything. The connections there are a distant second to actual human connection and easily replaceable with better interactions in the real world. Basically, I hit my bottom and realized what some people, like Keanu, had maybe known instinctively.
Social media may have started off as a fun innocent thing but it isn't. Not anymore. Because underneath all the memes, cat photos, click-bait, and algorithms, it is changing the way we interact with each other. Shaping us to be less compassionate. Making us less likely to engage in meaningful conversations. Dividing us into teams and giving us anxiety. Making us more afraid of each other and the world. And all while the big corporations that run these sites continue to make billions from our private data.
Two days later, I reached out for all the contact information of the people I didn’t have, then deleted my Facebook and Instagram. I was surprised by the number of people who told me that they wished they could do the same thing. I shouldn't have been. During the next week, I had a dozen conversations with friends that I had only been trading likes with for years. If I'm being honest, unplugging from social media was like getting rid of a virus. I felt fantastic and free beyond anything I expected.
Anyways. This is how I came to the decision that I needed to rebuild my website. This is why I start an old fashioned blog. I'm going to use it in place of my social media as a healthier way to communicate with people who are interested in what I'm doing.
I’m no Keanu Reeves, and I never will be. What I am though is a man of many interests. I love storytelling, art, and design. I love building things with my mind and creating puzzles to solve. I love building worlds.
So, this blog will be a place that I’ll post updates on the projects I’m working on. I’ll post new images from photoshoots. I’ll post about my screenwriting process and my game development process. I'll share things I create and maybe share some thoughts about the world, music that I'm listening to, or thoughts on stuff I'm watching. Whatever might make sense.
If you want to subscribe and follow along, that’s great. You can sign up above and get notified when I post new things. Remember, don’t text or email a friend when you can call or visit them in person. And I guess most of all, be excellent to each other.