Wednesday, July 29, 2009

moving away from the internet: Facebook and Twitter

I'm not closing my accounts there so people who prefer to follow me via those feeds can, and I'll continue to "friend" anyone who doesn't appear to be a spammer, but I'm pruning Facebook and Twitter from my daily routine. If you leave a comment on the Facebook account, it'll be forwarded to me, and I'm likely to comment in return. Odds are I won't see a tweetback.

I may like Twitter best of the social nets, because it reduces information to Very Important or Totally Trivial. But the number of people who can't tell the difference between the two—

Bad Will. Twitter has no more twits than any other social service. It's fun. That's why I'm not going to follow it anymore.

And I like Facebook because people don't play identity games there. It's nice hearing what people you like are doing.

But a price of being an artist is accepting hard choices, like sometimes staying away from parties you know you'd enjoy.

People retreat to the online world because it's easy to find safe places here. That may be what's wrong with the internet. It should be a place to learn new things, but it tends to be a place to confirm prejudices: racists and antiracists get to agree it's all about race, Republicans and Democrats get to agree it's all about capitalism, feminists and male chauvinists get to agree it's all about gender... The song says the internet's for porn, but it's actually for cliques. Which is sometimes its virtue, but only if you're aware of the dangers of a life of limited experience.

1 comment:

  1. I would have to argue that people do play identity games on Facebook, but it's about creating your best persona as opposed to masquerading as someone else, through cool pictures, catchy statuses and witty profiles. I suppose the pictures and comments others post about you can keep you honest, but then there is that "Remove" function. Or perhaps this is just an extension of everyday life and I'm under the illusion I can resist it?

    Here's a great article on The Art of the Status Update which makes me self conscience every time I post one: