Maybe it’s just me, but I am sick of Facebook. In the beginning, it was great because people were able to reconnect and talk with family and friends from back in the day. We were also able to be a part of something that really redirected and shaped this digital culture that we live in today. But for me, as we move and progress further in, we see a new set of people moving in on the territory.
I was introduced to a term a few years ago by my friend Kelly: digital immigrants. These are the people who are finally figuring out how to navigate the internet and some of the advantages that they have to them (ie: social media, world news, etc). But as these digital immigrants move in, they still aren’t accustomed to the culture or the etiquette of these facilities. This, I believe is the beginning of the end of Facebook; in other words, Facebook has seen its day.
Everyday when I get on facebook, I have to read peoples opinion on topics like the President and what he is doing wrong, why he should be impeached, what is wrong with the Muslims, why Barrack is a Muslim, etc. I especially love when I read Christians who are supporting the killing of other people – namely child molestors and rapists. While I am in no way supporting the heinous acts, I do believe that Christ calls us to love and not hate, and above all, not wish death upon anybody. Digital Media has given us a new way to spread untruths and urban legends, and Facebook is one of the main funnels spewing it all out.
It is time that we take Facebook for what it was meant for – Face Value. When I go to Facebook, I don’t log on to be troubled by false media, but instead I want to find out how the day is going in the lives of my friends and family. Honestly, these days I can barely do that. Instead, I find myself stewing over the lies or inaacuracies that are being spread with little or no proof or evidence to support the lie in the first place.
But on the otherhand, I’m no fool. I know that having this blog is no better than having a facebook account, but really when we get down to it, here I am allowed to control who and what I do and read. I have my blogroll determining different things that I can click and read. I don’t have to really worry anything else. Yes, I am closing myself in. I am declaring myself a digital hermit. And I am LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT.
So with that, I quit Facebook. I’ll keep my twitter account, because the people who I want to follow come to my cellphone – but I just can’t handle the drama anymore. It’s time to press on and forge into the Digital Wilderness and pioneer into a new frontier. Peace Facebook. You were fun, but now you have become the new MySpace.
Imagine my peace sign or kissy face picture here.
The Brown Kid