Greetings free thinkers and other trouble-makers,
I’ve recently had an experience with the very friendly Facebook platform, which has made me evaluate its friendliness and utility.
I had accrued some massive coterie of ‘friends’ on the site – most of whom I did not know (that’s the great lie of the internet age – that we’re all one happy group of well-informed people just amiably chatting with each other (about the end of the world and other topics))…
I began to use the site for longer for conversations in topics of my interest, such as religion, philosophy, science, etc, and was enjoying some of that banter, and so was somewhat put off when I arrived one day at the sign in to find that I could not sign in! I had been deleted, in total, and without explanation.
Following the advice of the ‘you no longer exist here’ page, which was displayed before me, I wrote the Facebook architects, wherever they may be on earth, and asked them for some assistance in returning use to me.
Alas, four letters over a week sent, and nary a response.
So, I posted a new profile, and left a note for everyone to contact me via email or my webpage, and not FB.
Now, having much free and useful time returned to me, I have noticed something that I had indeed noted before agreeing to use that damned site:
It is a terrible, terrible waste of time and energy. It might have been invented by those very ‘powers that be’ to persuade all interested people to abandon the very public and ‘google-accessible’ world wide web, as a lure to create an artificial bed of newspaper and wood shavings, upon which to sit and nestle oneself comfortably, while regurgitating self-reinforcing opinions to each other, cyclically, so that a great feeling of comfort and sleepiness takes over, and all motion and movement in the visible world ceases, all at once, and for good…
Call that a conspiratorial view – and I’m sure that it wasn’t really invented to hurt activists – but the activity on outside of Facebook websites on some issues that I follow has ground to a quiet whisper, whereas the ‘Facebook universe’ hums and throttles with noise.
Noise that is mute, inaudible, invisible, un-hearable to Google search, to public viewing, to, in that sense, utility.
I share this as an observation. Please keep your Facebook time limited, very limited, and perhaps consider making the posts you would make there, on your own public blog. And if you don’t have one, then please make one:
And link it to the other existing blogs and sites, and make at least the best of what you do, write, think and say about these important issues, or philosophical battles, public, and useful to the entire reading world…
Thank you for your time and consideration, kind regards,