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[liberationtech] CNN writer on leaving Facebook

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Mon Feb 25 09:38:07 PST 2013


But remember Douglas Rushkoff "is best known for his association with
the early cyberpunk culture, and his advocacy of open source solutions
to social problems," so Doug is sort of preaching to the choir.  See:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Rushkoff

On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM, Julian Oliver <julian at julianoliver.com> wrote:
>
> ..on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 03:52:14PM +0100, Petter Ericson wrote:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > Though I imagine that the facebook use is significantly lower (and more
> > judicious) among the libtech users than among a more generic tech-savvy
> > population, this essay makes a rather good case on why quitting facebook
> > entirely is the proper thing to do at some point - sooner rather than
> > later.
>
> He has a good reasoning. Facebook mines the basic human fear of social
> irrelevance and presents itself as the only cure. In this way it's a perfect
> product, akin to heroin. This 'HTML for human relationships' felt brilliant at
> first but now the rot's kicking in. People are feeling the social oxide and are
> starting to see they are being farmed for metrics under a cold gaze of corporate
> interest. It's also a backdoor for state interests (U.S in particular).
>
> Glad I never joined.
>
> Relatedly:
>
>     http://www.suicidemachine.org/
>     http://bengrosser.com/projects/facebook-demetricator/
>
> Cheers,
>
> --
> Julian Oliver
> http://julianoliver.com
> http://criticalengineering.org
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