Lileks explains it all

“It,” of course, being Social Media:

Facebook? Still no. I have the page, but don’t go there. My entire attitude towards Facebook is like a man who knows there’s a surprise party waiting upstairs in his apartment, and spends the evening in a bar, talking to a stranger. I get so tired of being asked to Like something or follow it.

I don’t mean to say I find social media annoying or useless: on the contrary. Facebook is too static. Too slow. Twitter is a stroll down a busy street listening to different conversations; Pinterest is a museum / thrift store / attic you can visit when you please. Facebook seems like hamming pitons in a sheer cliff wall and climbing up, up, up, for no particular reason.

That last bit may backfire on us: what’s to stop Zynga from setting up a time sink game called CliffVille?


  1. Teresa »

    23 May 2012 · 3:36 pm

    I still can’t figure out Pinterest. I’ve known about it since it started and yet, it does not hold my interest at all. heh. Wonder what that says about me since most women are supposed to love it.

  2. CGHill »

    23 May 2012 · 5:18 pm

    Stereotypical scrapbooking. I’ve been wondering if maybe I should get on the waiting list, since I’ve been irritating the Defenders of Testosterone on a regular basis these last few months.

  3. Lynn »

    24 May 2012 · 8:13 am

    I sort of agree with Lileks. I’m interested in staying in touch with family and friends, keeping up with what’s going on in their lives and maybe once in a while having actual conversations, but it’s all about “Like” this, “Share” that and all these things we’re liking and sharing is just silly stuff found on the Internet which is okay but just forwarding stuff is not really being social.

  4. Lynn »

    24 May 2012 · 8:16 am

    Oh, and what I really HATE are the ones that “Share this if you love your kids” or something like that. It’s so manipulative – just so obviously trying to make people forward stuff. It’s like those chain mail emails that we hate so much.

  5. Teresa »

    24 May 2012 · 9:31 pm

    Lynn – I refuse to “repost if you…” EVER. For that matter on most of them I actually will hide that particular post because it irks me so much. LOL.

  6. CGHill »

    24 May 2012 · 10:14 pm

    I keep wanting to post something to the effect of “Repost if you’re obviously hard up for Wall material.” Then I realize that someone would, and I think better of the idea.

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