I'm putting this message on here because some of my contributors contact me through here fairly regularly. I am divesting myself of Facebook (not deleting my account, but simply won't be using the platform anymore). So, if you message me on here, I won't get it! E-mail me instead ([email protected]).
Why am I leaving Facebook? As the great Bruce Sterling says, “The Internet brought many laudable things, but prosperity, stability, accountability and honest politics were not four of them.” Facebook is a racist, conspiracy-touting platform that undermines democracy while turning its users into profitable livestock via network surveillance, collective intelligence, data mining, and problematic ad revenue. I want no part of it, and see no use for it, especially if the company is blatantly unwilling to reform itself.
Nikhil Sonnad, in a Quartz article, says it best: "Absent human considerations, Facebook will continue to bring thoughtless, banal harm to the world. The 2.5 billion people who use it, as part of their real lives, won’t put up with that forever."
And I won't put up with it for a second longer.
That being said, I love you all, and I love getting your messages and comments, so please continue to email me! Hope you understand. And I hope to hear from you soon! (Divesting myself of Google and getting off Gmail is my next goal, but let's not get ahead of ourselves LOL).