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I’m trying to rid myself of social media

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Hi. Hello there. Thanks for popping along to this, my website. Fuck it, let’s call it a blog. I’ve recently become a little perturbed by the world of social media. After reading Jaron Lanier’s brilliant “Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” I thought to myself, “He’s got a point”.

So, here’s the plan. I’m gonna focus on this instead, gradually binning off my social accounts. I’ll focus my efforts on a newsletter for those who are interested and will plop out the occasional video that wasn’t shat out in 5 minutes after a bad idea popped into my head.

So. Join me won’t you. Oh, the newsletter sign up isn’t ready yet, but it will be soon. It’s gonna be great, in fact, this illustration from Atari back in the day is exactly what’s it gonna be like when my newsletter drops in your inbox. “HEY EVERYONE, OLLIE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY! GATHER ROUND”

Thanks.

O.

2 thoughts on “I’m trying to rid myself of social media

  1. I haven’t seen that picture in years! From the cover of the Atari 800 manual.

    I’ve never been very big on social media. Joined Facebook in 2014 and deleted it last year – I don’t miss the people I excised and apparently they don’t miss me either. These days, I just use Twitter mostly to follow podcasts and British comedians – for me, it’s an Anglophile thing rather than a social tool. Even so, I have dozens of mute filters — key among them is to suppress any mention of Trump. Sure, I care what he’s doing so I still read the news, but twitter is no place to get the news.

    I’m intrigued by the notion that a blog with a comment section doesn’t count as social media, though. The primitive, 2004 “Web 2.0” variety, but I still think of it as social media.

    1. The problem with social media is that it’s a feed that is manipulated by third parties and the problem is you don’t know by how much and what’s doing it. It’s a system that is backwards and needs to change. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with Social Media, in fact there are lots of good things about it. But the model whereby our conversations could be warped by a third party (some of them real scallywags) is not the way things should be. Here, you’ve commented and I’ve posted back. Just you and me, no external influence whatsoever. You have to choose to come here, it’s not thrust upon you to reinforce your beliefs simply to “engage” you. I highly recommend the book. Jaron does a much better job of explaining it. Thanks for dropping by! If you haven’t already, sign up to the newsletter!

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