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Why I'm quitting Facebook
CNN ^ | 02/25/2013 | Douglas Rushkoff, CNN

Posted on 02/25/2013 1:45:29 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

Editor's note: Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff writes a regular column for CNN.com. He is a media theorist and the author of the upcoming book "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now."

(CNN) -- I used to be able to justify using Facebook as a cost of doing business. As a writer and sometime activist who needs to promote my books and articles and occasionally rally people to one cause or another, I found Facebook fast and convenient. Though I never really used it to socialize, I figured it was OK to let other people do that, and I benefited from their behavior.

I can no longer justify this arrangement.

Today, I am surrendering my Facebook account, because my participation on the site is simply too inconsistent with the values I espouse in my work. In my upcoming book "Present Shock," I chronicle some of what happens when we can no longer manage our many online presences. I have always argued for engaging with technology as conscious human beings and dispensing with technologies that take that agency away.

Facebook is just such a technology. It does things on our behalf when we're not even there. It actively misrepresents us to our friends, and worse misrepresents those who have befriended us to still others. To enable this dysfunctional situation -- I call it "digiphrenia" -- would be at the very least hypocritical. But to participate on Facebook as an author, in a way specifically intended to draw out the "likes" and resulting vulnerability of others, is untenable.

Facebook has never been merely a social platform. Rather, it exploits our social interactions the way a Tupperware party does.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: facebook; facebookisthedevil; opus
Also FTA:

Facebook does not exist to help us make friends, but to turn our network of connections, brand preferences and activities over time -- our "social graphs" -- into money for others.

1 posted on 02/25/2013 1:45:38 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s like the Mob - you can never leave.

Ever.


2 posted on 02/25/2013 1:47:17 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Facebook is cool because it lets me be a butthole with a whole new set of rules and variables.

This fact may not be of value to everyone.


3 posted on 02/25/2013 1:49:49 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Responsibility2nd

I bet this CNN guy got pawned on Facebook by conservatives


4 posted on 02/25/2013 1:52:43 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: humblegunner

Ahhhh, but to us FReepers... You’ll always be our Number One butthole.

Now THAT adds value.


5 posted on 02/25/2013 1:52:50 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

And to supply raw data to be digested by Identity Thieves.


6 posted on 02/25/2013 1:53:56 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: humblegunner

You would love twitter.

Instant butthole


7 posted on 02/25/2013 1:55:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

to the writer of this filth....You won’t be missed. Never knew you to begin with. Glad to rid of you. I enjoy Facebook enough to keep with it. Talk about a quiter. I guess that motto, “When the going gets tough....”


8 posted on 02/25/2013 1:55:09 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: GeronL

I like how this article shills his new upcoming book.

And if he quits FB, how will he ever use that media to shill said new upcoming book??

Exploitation works both ways, ya know.


9 posted on 02/25/2013 1:55:18 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: cripplecreek

I just got a tweet from #Instantbutthole.

Humble, is that you?


10 posted on 02/25/2013 1:57:31 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I hope Mr. Rushkoff realizes that you can give up your FB account, but FB owns all your stuff forever.

Facebook: Face of Evil.


11 posted on 02/25/2013 1:58:22 PM PST by upchuck (nobama fact #69: For each job created by the nobama administration, 75 people went on food stamps.)
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To: GeronL

I would say you are correct.
He did not get the pandering and boot licking he thought he deserved.......so whaaa whaaa whaaa he is going home.


12 posted on 02/25/2013 2:00:52 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: editor-surveyor

What raw data?


13 posted on 02/25/2013 2:03:43 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Guess some people just can’t be bothered to find out how to disallow certain unwanted actions by turning off/opting-out various functions; or to read instructions & learn to use their technology properly.

Kind of like the idiot blocking a single-lane road that my brother had to help in the snow. Idjit had 4WD, snow tires & chains on all four, but digging holes in the rear while the fronts did nothing: “What do you mean by ‘I have to engage the front differential for the 4WD to work?’”


14 posted on 02/25/2013 2:06:04 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Responsibility2nd

reminds me of disgruntled former Freepers that write a long whiny posting why they are quitting.


15 posted on 02/25/2013 2:14:09 PM PST by MNDude (Guns don't kill people, Democrats kill people)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Not sure what this guy is talking about. You can control your image on facebook by deciding what you do or do not decide to post. Just dont post to blogs using your facebook identity. Some like CBS marketplace require an identity like facebook and do not allow anonymous posting. Just ignore those.


16 posted on 02/25/2013 2:15:22 PM PST by plain talk
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To: humblegunner
"Facebook is cool because it lets me be a butthole with a whole new set of rules and variables.

This fact may not be of value to everyone."

___________________________________________

Like the heckling at https://www.facebook.com/barackobama ?!!

It was hilarious last night -- "Yeah, I tried to buy an ar-15 at the gunshow but they wouldn't sell to me, I was gonna show the teabaggers how easy it is, what gives with this, man?" and people going back and forth on that.

It was funnier last night before I came across this obamanation.

17 posted on 02/25/2013 2:16:14 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Not sure what this guy is talking about. You can control your image on facebook by deciding what you do or do not decide to post. Just dont post to blogs using your facebook identity. Some like CBS marketplace require an identity like facebook and do not allow anonymous posting. Just ignore those.


18 posted on 02/25/2013 2:17:37 PM PST by plain talk
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To: svcw

The data obviously vary from sucker to sucker, but basically family relationships, and locations that provide answers to security questions asked by financial institutions.

That is what facebook is made for.


19 posted on 02/25/2013 2:22:44 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Responsibility2nd

FaceBook is inhabited by liberals who accuse you of being a hateful person if you politely disagree with them. GET OFF OF IT!


20 posted on 02/25/2013 2:24:02 PM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: humblegunner

I LOVE Facebook! I have a totally fake account I use as a convenient means to login to thousands of other sites, which I can then anonymously comment on. Most of those sites want permission to app or post or whatever on “my” fake “wall”, so I always give them permission to go for it! I’ve never even bothered to logon to the facebook account and see how trashed its wall is.

Oh yeah: I have a “legit” account too. I’ve never once posted a single personal thing on it, and never will. Even there, lots of my personal data is fake, including my birthday. The first time I got a happy birthday wish from a “friend” for my “January 1st” birthday I almost fell out of my chair laughing. I did use it prior to the last election to post political links gleaned from FR.

But, yeah, basically Facebook is evil.


21 posted on 02/25/2013 2:25:15 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: plain talk
Just dont post to blogs

Don't read 'em either.

Mostly they're full of Syphilis and AIDS.

22 posted on 02/25/2013 2:25:37 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

So you’re not dating those gals any more? (Gonorra and Sssphyllis)


23 posted on 02/25/2013 2:28:53 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I figured this out many months ago and got out. I still have a fb public page for my band, but I’m not identified by name, I go in under another band member’s email addy.

I have another page under a dummy name with no friends and no communications. I use it to store things I want to post later using the band page.

FB screws with me, I screw with fb.


24 posted on 02/25/2013 2:29:12 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

DUH!!!!!!


25 posted on 02/25/2013 2:29:44 PM PST by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I have always argued for engaging with technology as conscious human beings ..

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26 posted on 02/25/2013 2:30:55 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Responsibility2nd

Just like well trained Pavlovian dogs, and, of course, leftists, we hate success! We hate Google, we hate Apple, we hate Etc...


27 posted on 02/25/2013 2:34:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: editor-surveyor
So you’re not dating those gals any more?

Oh HELL no.

Gonorra's EBT card ran out and Sissy got locked up 20 -to- 25.

I got the Camaro and the trailer.

28 posted on 02/25/2013 2:54:12 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: catnipman

Would it be a good approximation to say that more than half of the accounts on Facebook and Twitter are fake?


29 posted on 02/25/2013 3:00:36 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: napscoordinator

I love Facebook as well. I’ve been on it since 2009 and it has a lot of positives for me. I have not experienced any of the problems that others have had. What bothers me is that those who have never tried it, or those who have and did not like it, want to spoil it for those of us who do. They sort of look down their noses at FB and its users. My philosophy is if you don’t want to partake in it, that’s fine, but leave us FBrs alone with what we enjoy. My own sister is a snob about it, saying with her nose in the air, “I don’t do FB.” And I say to her, “Well, la-de-dah for you.”


30 posted on 02/25/2013 3:38:18 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Jyotishi

Not the ones I deal with. I know each and every person I communicate with on FB. If someone I don’t know asks to be my Friend, I ignore it. My account is private, and not just anyone can access my account. If I’ve been hacked in the past 4 years I’ve been on FB, then I was totally unaware of it, and it hasn’t done me any harm.


31 posted on 02/25/2013 3:54:50 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Responsibility2nd
 photo FACEBOOK.jpg Come on.... You know I'm right...
32 posted on 02/25/2013 4:06:23 PM PST by baddog 219
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To: Responsibility2nd
Facebook does not exist to help us make friends, but to turn our network of connections, brand preferences and activities over time -- our "social graphs" -- into money for others.

I hear people say that a lot. What does one expect?? We wondered in the early years how this Internet monster would be "monetized." Would it be pay-per-site? View? Ads? Tracking-your-use is such a big deal? If you don't like it, there are tools and behavior that will stop it. Eh.

33 posted on 02/25/2013 4:07:46 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Responsibility2nd; napscoordinator; upchuck; catnipman

34 posted on 02/25/2013 4:10:38 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: editor-surveyor

“sucker to sucker”
“family relationships and locations”
I actually have know idea what that has to do with financial institutions or what you are talking about.


35 posted on 02/25/2013 4:14:58 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I ditched my Facebook account earlier this year.
I could no longer take giving aid to Obama cronies.


36 posted on 02/25/2013 4:17:46 PM PST by RginTN
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To: murron

You are lucky I have six sisters, three brothers and I wish some of them thought the same way as your sister.
:-)
I love FB, we are all over the country and it is a convenient way to keep in touch (without actually having to talk to all of them.) ;-)))


37 posted on 02/25/2013 4:27:05 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I like Facebook a lot more since I joined the prayer warriors to pray for children with cancer and other illnesses.


38 posted on 02/25/2013 4:31:04 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: svcw

I’m talking about all the tools an identity thief need to control your finances.

They can use that info to redirect all of your bank and credit card statements to a different address, and run up massive credit card debt, after draining your bank accounts.

That is the chief use of facebook.


39 posted on 02/25/2013 4:31:04 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: humblegunner

>> “I got the Camaro and the trailer.” <<

.
Y’alls sittin pretty!


40 posted on 02/25/2013 4:36:17 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I just post on my wife’s FB. As my wife of course.


41 posted on 02/25/2013 4:38:05 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: editor-surveyor

You appear to assume that my security has anything to do with known personal information on FaceBook. My personal information is very limited on FB, they do offer multiple privacy settings, which I use.
Not sure why anyone would not use those.
I do not have two accounts with the same security question, sign in name or password.
However, I guess I can see some people might be repetitive.
Oh, well, I guess some people are just really paranoid


42 posted on 02/25/2013 4:39:55 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw

That’s what I like about it. I can keep in touch with friends and relatives that I would not normally have access to, including one cousin who lives in New Zealand. Actually, my sister doesn’t like FB, having never tried it. She had a stack of pictures she was showing to me one day, and she said that she had to make the rounds of relatives to show these pictures to. I suggested to her that she become a member of FB, and that’s when she put her nose in the air and said that she doesn’t do FB. Her loss.


43 posted on 02/25/2013 4:47:48 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Old Sarge

Large grin. Thanks.


44 posted on 02/25/2013 4:57:25 PM PST by upchuck (nobama fact #69: For each job created by the nobama administration, 75 people went on food stamps.)
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To: svcw

Most of the ID theft convicts got their clues from facebook.

EBay comes in high too.


45 posted on 02/25/2013 4:59:02 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

I suppose that is true.
Mine are all so complicated, I’d have to them credit for the hack.
I don’t do EBay, I think the site is difficult and to many people get scammed.
oh well


46 posted on 02/25/2013 5:15:21 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Jyotishi

“Would it be a good approximation to say that more than half of the accounts on Facebook and Twitter are fake?”

LOL! I never thought about it that way. But probably not, because most of the idiots, children and idiot children (that is, your standard Facebook marks) aren’t smart enough to think about the virtues of a fake account.


47 posted on 02/26/2013 8:06:57 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: fwdude
It’s like the Mob - you can never leave.

"Just when I thought I was out...they pulled me back in!"


48 posted on 02/26/2013 9:23:07 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Here once the embattled farmers stood... And fired the shot heard round the world.)
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