The Ever-Changing Face of Social Media, and Why I’m Done With It
“Why Things that Worked Yesterday Don’t Work Today”
by Michael Theroux
It seems that every day something that worked yesterday on your social media page does not work today. They don’t even tell you that they are changing anything, it just stops working. Meanwhile, after much time trying to figure out why it no longer works, you find the answer: you have to pay for that service to work now. The social media moguls are controlling your existence on their sites in so many ways on a daily basis – they spam updated EULAs frequently, so if you want your social media page to work as it previously did, you must “accept” their demands. Much of what they demand gains further control of your online presence. Your security and privacy are the least of their concerns and it becomes more relaxed with each offering of change. The worst part of this is how each social media site tries to interact or blend with other social media sites. They do not want to work together and do everything in their power to make the blending experience for the “user” one of complete frustration.
Many social media pundits simply predict that when one popular social media outlet oversteps its consideration for the user, they’ll be discarded in favor of some upstart social media site. This just isn’t
the case any longer. Yes, MySpace was dumped by users in favor of Facebook – a clear example of this prediction – but, Facebook continues the practise of bitchslapping its users – and all seem to just shrug and comply. So, you want to sync the music events your band has for the summer from the music social media page to your personal social media page, no problem….just click here! Well, if at first it worked (and automagically posted all the events to your personal page, suddenly now it doesn’t work, and you don’t know this because they don’t inform you of it. You only realize it isn’t working after it is too late….the event has passed. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really have time to keep up with all the unannounced changes. It’s not that important to me anyway. My life does not purely exist online – more so, I have an abundant and meaningful life outside of this carefully crafted data-collection festival that is social media.
In February of 2013, the contemporary media theorist, Douglas Rushkoff stated this in his article, “Why I’m quitting Facebook,”
“It (social media) 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.”
There’s much more about the insidiousness of social media platforms in his article that can be read here:
I’m with Mr. Rushkoff, and I’ll be dumping most if not all of my social media connections within the week. If you wish to contact me, use the email address listed on this page.