Social Media

Why I quit facebook

In January of 2012, after much research and several influential conversations with friends, I decided to quit facebook. I did this for many reasons, not the least of which has to do with facebook’s corrupt privacy policies, invasive advertisements, the “like” farming industry, and constant changes to appease the ad industry. Recent examples of the latest insults flung by facebook can be seen in this Last Week Tonight with John Oliver video:

As well as this AJ+ video:

And this Veritasium video:

It may seem odd for a digital studies person to step away from one of the largest social networking giants in the world today, but I wanted to experiment with social networking outside of the hegemony of facebook for a while. I also want nothing to do with allowing a megacorporation to get continually richer from my complacence in their ownership over my media. In the meantime, I want to do more work with blogs and blogging. Blogs make up the majority of the content on the internet right now. There’s a lot of power in that information.

I hope with my work in digital music making and interdisciplinary genre theory to be able to reach beyond boundaries and increase my awareness of how I think about things and how we as humans mediate our experience in the digital age. All media is social media.

By Ruadhán

Ethnomediologist, writer, digital creator, & gamer. Author & developer of Augur's Lore TTRPGs. Polyhedral dice & pizza enthusiast. Pronouns: they/them/their

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