So… there I was. Maria and I were in the “big city”, last weekend, screwing around. My smartphone was on the dash, piping a Slacker Radio playlist through the FJC. On our way into a mall-ish like area, I saw a 5 Guys Burgers sign and commented that a 5 Guys Burger sounded good. Upon entering consumer Nirvana, I opened FaceSpace on my phone and what should I see? A 5 Guys ad with directions on how to get there from my location. My FaceSpace app had not been open when I made the comment. Nor had my phone’s “location” function been running. I have never seen a 5 Guys ad before. The FJC has no other intrusive electronics. Odd. No?
After much consideration and vacillation, I’ve decided to severely minimize my exposure to FB. There are several reasons for this but, the recent confirmations of intrusion and lack of privacy from Microsoft, The Goolag, and FaceSpace are the primary drivers. Secondary to that is the repetitive, low-value content and the productive time lost to scrolling through to find value. Tertiary… the disjointed nature of the feed because of FB’s constant need to fiddle with the algorithms. While I know that nothing digital is private or inviolate… I don’t have to allow myself to be herded by the likes of Zuckerberg, et al. And, I won’t. MS Office, Facebook, and Google must go.
As some of you are aware, my perspectives have changed a bit over the last couple years and with them, my priorities. While writing my forthcoming novel, my research led me to a number of philosophically challenging ideas and realities. They were potent enough to be somewhat lifechanging and certainly thought provoking. In the course of things, I discovered that there are many relationships I can no longer justify and associates whose perspectives I will no longer humor or tolerate. As such, there are a number of “friends” with whom I have parted FB ways.
I will continue to maintain my FB account for the time being but, will funnel my editorial comments through my blogging activities, at yeomanjournal.com and allow Zuckerberg’s platform, in addition to the Goolag and MS to drive traffic to the blog… where I own the content and where it isn’t subject to Marxist, whimsical censorship, facial recognition AI, or location tracking.
The blog entries are set-up to post here but, I have no particular desire to monitor FB activity on those posts. I will continue to allow WordPress to publish to this page simply for the lurkers… for a period of time in order to allow those of you who care to migrate to the blog site. Most of my activity and communications will take place at my blog. Additionally, since “social media-type” interaction is popular, I will be building out the blog in a more interactive way via the BuddyPress social media and/or bbPress forum plug-ins for WordPress. In that way, if someone should prefer to communicate in a social media-esque way, I will be available for such in a more isolated way than FB where I won’t be FB’s product and subject to all the nasty peripheral benefits of Zuckerberg’s cute little surveillance and datamining platform. Additionally, many of you reading this have concerns about commenting on or communicating about certain posts of mine due for fear of professional and social reprisals and may feel less inhibited in their communications on a different, more insulated platform. Who knows, maybe the social media side of the blog will become as lively or livelier than my page on FB.
Regardless, I’ll still be “around” and my content will continue to populate FB. However, if you wish to stay in contact, follow me over to the blog and better social media, please like and/or follow the blog. I’ll see you there. Or, I won’t.