Ditch Facebook & a new key blog

Sara witnessed a violent robbery at knife point.  And if you believed in the fates or divine forces you might think this event was designed to inspire her to finally start a blog.  She is exactly the kind of personalty who should be visible in the world thru this media: upbeat, daring, motivated, funny – her Pittsburgh Project is a crimethinc kid’s bright dream.

I encourage you to subscribe.  And more than that i want to encourage you to comment on the blog.  My theory is this: we are looking for some collective communication which inspires daring behavior in ourselves and others.  We blog to re-write the narrative and share our experiences to that end.  It is a richer, more intimate sharing setting than the current regime of social networks. And of course it is decentralized.

Friendster was displaced by MySpace, MySpace lost its crown to Facebook and FB will fall to…

I used to think that the replacement of FB was probably inevitable.  That a more open system, where users could enhance the social network and link to each other in more complex and powerful ways than just to friend or not, would rise to replace the reigning system.  One day the cool kids would shift over and leaving only limp robots of themselves running on FB to catch the most important information and forward it along.  I thought that ultimately these defectors would pull everyone with them to something new.  Now i think FB is spreading like a cancer.  It is often the only “like” option on many newspaper pages.  Increasingly sites are letting you log in thru only facebook as another option to their own system.  My certainty that the many failings of FB (suck email system, personal data sold endlessly to advertisers, gravity towards erosion of privacy) would be it’s down fall has been displaced by a nagging feeling that like Microsoft did, they are successfully rebuilding the world around them, with FB in the center.

i appreciate FB and it scares me at the same time.  i did a bit of research for this piece and found some pretty compelling horror stories encouraging folx to ditch FB. And i have to tell you i am not ready to yet personally.  And like one would monitor themselves around powerful addictive substances, you need to make sure this tool is not poisoning you.  If it is redeemable it will be in part if we use FB as a platform to promote other places on the web: friends blogs, intimates’ blogs and so forth and facilitate a more collaborative dialogue.  Let’s challenge each other to live more boldly!

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

5 responses to “Ditch Facebook & a new key blog”

  1. Yoav says :

    Thanks for the mention, and great post, I just want to reiterate that people aren’t addicted to the platform, they’re addicted to the act.

    Everyone’s reliving their highschool experience where you have more control of how other’s perceive you – and with the same people no less. Gossip generation and propagation without any middle men or broken telephone effect.

  2. Cerwydwyn says :

    Facebook is appealing to me as an act of virtual voyeurism. I can snoop and nose around and read what everyone else is doing without interacting personally. As a bit of an agoraphobe, this is cool. It’s also nice to be able to blatantly pimp whatever I want on my page…my blog posts, media links that I think are important, etc.
    but it *is* addictive. It’s very brainlessness is addictive. FB seems to circumvent my thinking brain and goes straight to whatever portion of the gray matter is involved in dumb, drooling, unthinking behavior.
    I’ve suspended my FB account a few times and guess what? I didn’t miss it at all.

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