Marika Malaea

faithful marauder + fake royal

Why, Why, Why, Why

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I’ve been wondering about some things. I’ve been thinkin’. Such as, why one blogs — why is it important? what’s the actual point? — and what my future role might be in the near-to-never future. That’s basically why I’ve been avoiding the blog, though my packed schedule this month certainly hasn’t helped.

Why do you blog? Why do you read blogs? ‘Necessity’ isn’t really an answer; the internet is chock-full of wildly unnecessary things (*cough* LOLcats) that people go batshit over. I hardly have time to blog, much less read them. The blogs/websites I frequent the most are generally useful in nature:  Smitten Kitchen for the recipes, Wikipedia for quick info, Google to search, Rose Levy Berenbaum’s baking blog, and the occasional Huffington Post/Atlantic/NPR article so I feel smarter than a Juggalo. I don’t have time to leisurely wind my way through Blogland anymore, at least not like I used to. I wonder if I’m missing out, or if there’s something new coming down the internet pipeline.

Why do you tweet? What do you get out of it? Why is it important for people to know exactly where you are at all times? Locational data is creepy to me. Pretty soon — if they can’t already — Foursquare/Twitter/Facebook/etc will be able to predict where you’re going and where you’ll be at any time of day. “Suzy just checked into work! Jimbo just became mayor of the ProClub! Angiepants is noshing at Nobu!” Your days, weeks, and months will blend, and suddenly a bot knows the details of your life even better than your mom. It’s scary, seeing people adding their homes as a place to sign into — “Snooki just checked into J-Woww’s house!” — and then that information is sent out into the intarwebs ether. I’ve had unsavory people show up to events I’ve tweeted about, which is why I never announce where we’re going anymore; I only say where we’ve been, after the fact. I don’t care that people tweet or leave themselves personally vulnerable (I still like Twitter!), I just want to know why locational data is important. Who is it useful for, and why are you doing it?

After knowing how many ways Facebook is shanking you in the back, privacy-wise, why are you still a member? Do you not care about your information and data being mined and sold to businesses everywhere, with no regard to your personal preferences? Or are you super careful, never signing up for the dreaded applications (FarmVille, Mafia Wars, Scrabble, Visual Bookshelf, everything), checking every day to see what settings they’ve secretly changed? Why do we stay with a social networking site that callously abuses our trust and repeatedly shows us they don’t give a shit? It’s like sticking with an abusive boyfriend who will never get better, except the entire fucking world is dating him and we all look the other way. Don’t we want a networking site run by people who say what they mean and do what they say? How hard can that be to set up?

Is social networking furthering the human race? Because it seems to connect us to strangers and old high school friends and hilarious people — and it’s a fun but [often] colossal waste of time  — but I don’t know how much it’s doing for my real relationships. Facebook is set to replace email, Twitter has semi-replaced blogging, and instead of The Man being all up in our biz, we’re telling him where we are 24 hours a day. But are we connecting in more meaningful ways, or are there just more ways to connect now, creating the illusion of connection?

I have so many questions; these are just the tip of the iceberg. And yes, I’m considering deleting (deactivating, whatever) my Facebook account. I’ve been out, enjoying my life, and Facebook is the thing I do when I’m home not having one. Being without a cell phone, Twitter is something I only do from my PC now, so that’s sporadic at best. Suddenly, a land line and a life seem more important than being tethered to the internet or a bluetooth, no matter how enjoyable. When we look back on our lives, will we wistfully say, “I wish I’d spent more time on Facebook” or “I wish I’d reached one million tweets”? Or maybe, “I wish more people knew I’d eaten tacos at that place in West Seattle, March of 2007”? FUCK NO.

And if you do, I feel sorry for you. Life must be really bleak.

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Written by sn0tteh

May 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Snotty McSnotterson, marie popichak. marie popichak said: Eloquently put food for thought RT @sn0tty: New post about Web 2.0 & social networking & why I don't wanna do it anymore: http://is.gd/cghxH […]

  2. Zuck: People just submitted it.

    Zuck: I don’t know why.

    Zuck: They “trust me”

    Zuck: Dumb fucks

    Mark Zuckerberg

    May 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM

  3. EXACTLY.

    sn0tteh

    May 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM

  4. One friend’s facebook address is facebook.com/zuckerbergsmom. It brings me a small measure of joy every time I remember.

    Bangs McGee

    May 19, 2010 at 1:27 PM

  5. I love it — wish I’d thought of it first.

    sn0tteh

    May 19, 2010 at 2:47 PM


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