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Quitters Never Win: The Costs of Leaving Social Media


Evan Selinger


The Atlantic

February 15, 2013

Forget Lolcats. If we quit using sites like Facebook, we’ll miss opportunities for self-expression, personal growth, learning, support, and civic exchange.


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Posted by Intomorrow  on  02/15  at  06:59 PM

“Others might try similar experiments, perhaps keeping friends, but reducing their communication to banal and innocuous expressions.”


One flaw with Buddhist Right Speech online as well as in the meatworld: too much pablum, smarm.





Posted by Chrontius  on  02/15  at  07:18 PM

Intomorrow, pabulum and smarm is exactly what I use to pad out a plausible Facebook profile - it’s only worth it to me as a system for scheduling invitations and RSVP to events, rather like the world’s largest Microsoft Exchange server.

It’s also worth maintaining that minimal presence to prevent someone else registering in my name and engaging in some identity hijacking, which I consider a far larger risk than what Facebook could do with the few bits of moderately useful information I give them access to.





Posted by Intomorrow  on  02/15  at  09:06 PM

No dispute with you (the article went into it). What we shouldn’t do is make more of
Buddhist Right Speech than BRS is worth.
BRS works well at IEET—but when a man gets riled up then he says what he means and means what he says.
In the meatworld it appears that there exists zero chance BRS will ever catch on, which is something I want to keep in mind always.
What is public relations?: obfuscation.
What is diplomacy?: dissembling.






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