Monday, July 27, 2009

the internet does not want you to leave

I was thinking about whether I hurt anyone's feelings by paring my LiveJournal reading list drastically. Netiquette probably calls for simply moving people into an "unread" category rather than "unfriending" them, but I don't want anyone to assume I've read something that I haven't. As often happens, the honest choice seems like the unfriendly choice. By definition, leaving a social network is an antisocial act.

But I need to move further away from the internet. In the old days, people could move from one continent to another, and friends and family would know they were still loved. Now, the internet says that caring means following every post and tweet.