In the past few months, I’ve noticed a trend to publicly resign from Facebook. For many reasons, I have found the rhetoric of these simple, but often overwrought and poetic resignations attractive.
So in keeping with the spirit of the age, I intend to write a new Facebook resignation post every Monday for a while. I’m not sure what I’ll do with these, but maybe I’ll put them together as a little book.
Consumerism (December 12, 2016)
I’m feeling completely saturated by commercialism this holiday season. I can’t believe how much our culture revolves around buying, selling, marketing, and advertising. There’s something about Facebook that seems to amplify this. Maybe it’s the heartfelt messages of social justice interspersed with clickbait and advertisements. Whatever it is, I need a break.
Until the holidays are over, I need a little distance from the incessant drone of advertising and consumerism. I’m stepping away from Facebook.
In the meantime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYUEbqD_rAI
Profound Fatigue (December 5, 2016)
I’m really, really tired right now. After thinking about it all weekend, I’ve come to realize that social media is partly responsible for my deep, persistent sense of fatigue. What used to be a source of energy and collegiality now so often feels like a spiteful, self-righteous, enervating pool of disillusion. As the “winter writing season” is right around the corner and it’s calling on me muster my remaining energy for a few weeks of intensive writing, I’m going to take a break from social media until the new year.
Have a great holiday, friends (if you are observing this year), and a great new year (if you believe in that kind of thing). Catch you all with renewed energy both to rejoin the fight and gloat triumphantly in 2017!
Lack of Charity (November 28, 2016)
After a good bit of thought over the holiday, I came to the conclusion that social media, and Facebook in particular, is doing very little to make me more charitable, kind, better, and happier. So I think I’m going to take a break from Facebook for a while, at least until the holiday season is over.
See you guys in the new year and best wishes to those who observe holidays!
Facebook Sabbatical (November 21, 2016)
As so many of my colleagues, I’m taking an extended sabbatical from Facebook as the currently toxic climate in our country has destroyed the social utility of the Facebook community. Whatever value Facebook had in the lead up to the election is now gone.
I’ll leave you with this though: