Category: Social Media

The digital age continues to allow us to press the boundaries of social interaction as mediated through machines.

social-media-guidelinesIn 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 guy 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. It seems to me that the major question of our time and place is “ownership.” Who has the right to treat your everyday social media as their own legal property? I see the internet as a tool for the dissemination of information and the exchange of ideas. 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.

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.”

–David Foster Wallace

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