On May 17, 2017 I got rid of whatever content I had on the danlangendorf site and in whatever blog was still around. I got tired of feeding the monster, preferring to spend my time creating elsewhere and enjoying family and interests. Stuff that matters in life.
I left one post: If I Could, I Would, which is below. After re-reading it for the first time in ages, I still feel this way, maybe even more so. Here is what I was thinking then:
If I could, I would . . .
- Delete my Facebook account
- Delete my Twitter account
- Delete all social media/social networking accounts with, maybe, the exception of Instagram and Pinterest.
But I can’t. It’s digital suicide. Society says so.
By society I mean . . .
- Employers: Most expect you to engage in social media like Facebook and LinkedIn to look for jobs, post resumes, and apply for jobs, otherwise you’re out of touch.
- Middle management and worker bees: These are the folks who sit in on job interviews to determine if a candidate is worthy to work for said company, and often while you’re sweating it out in the conference room they’re checking out your Facebook and Twitter posts.
- Youth: You’re nothing if you’re not using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Reddit, Tinder, WhatsApp, Slack, YikYak, or ___________ (insert latest and greatest app).
- Family and Friends: If you’re not keeping up with their posts, liking their pictures, then you’re not only out of touch you don’t love them.
Sigh. It doesn’t matter . . .
- That I started with Facebook when an actual .edu email was required to sign up.
- That I opened my first Twitter account within the first month of its grand opening post SXSW. I experimented, didn’t like the direction, then started another account a few months later when I pledged to write intelligent 140 character Tweets, refusing to tell the world what I ate for lunch or the quality of my bowel movements.
- That I’ve been using bulletin boards andsocial technologies since the days of 300 baud modems and dial-up.
- It doesn’t matter that I care about good writing, story development, points of view, spelling, grammar, punctuation, no matter if it’s a blog post or text message to a friend.
So what’s my problem?
I’m tired of:
- The noise
- Information overload
- The trolling
- The hate and vitriol that permeates social media, social networks, the internet, and our day to day life even in the read world
- The disappearance of civil discourse
- Our president who screams #fakenews at every turn
- Our president who calls journalists the enemy of the people
- Close friends from work or church who are certainly entitled to their views and free speech (without criticism from me) but who’ve taken it to such extremes that what good they originally stood for is lost . . . in the noise and hate
I don’t want to be the cranky old neighbor who shouts, “Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!” from a front-porch rocker. I used tofind immense value in Facebook before the 2016 election, Twitter before the election, LinkedIn, et al. But enough is enough.
If I could, I would delete them all.