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Fuck Facebook

posted at 11:46 am
on Jun. 1, 2017

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I don’t publish on my blog very often.

And this isn’t much of a post.

But John Gruber and Dave Winer, two very smart guys, said a very important thing today, here and here.

And I would have posted it on Facebook, as I’ve done over and over recently.

But that didn’t seem right.

I’m tired of Facebook posts that I can’t format, can’t add links to, can’t archive, can’t search, can’t add images too, that there’s no RSS, that there’s no ability to set a CC license, that Facebook posts don’t show up in google or the internet archive, or use whatever name I want to call myself ...

I like that Facebook doesn’t have spam, and that it’s easy to use, and that you can control access, and I don’t mind that they make some money as they help me keep in touch my friends.

But the tradeoff these days seem too stark, and the things Facebook doesn’t do, or does poorly, or does wrong—there’s lots they could do to be better. There’s so much information buried there, in ways that could be so much more beneficially exposed and shared.


“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?




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