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February 25, 2013

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Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:13:45
From: marc garrett <>
Reply-To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
Subject: [NetBehaviour] Why I'm quitting Facebook

Why I'm quitting Facebook

By Douglas Rushkoff.

Editor's note: Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff writes a regular column
for 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.


1920 (best)

26 minute improvisation on 1890s-1920s parlor guitar,
most likely  a Larson Brothers model. this has had
four different bridges at different times; I'm hoping
for a fifth. the tone is brilliant and clear, the
neck is very narrow, and I'm using nylon strings. the
Larson Brothers were legendary guitar makers; I found
this at a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania used instrument
shop, where it was being sold as a children't guitar
for $39. this and the Di Giorgio are my two perform-
ing instruments; I have had no need for any other.
recorded as is with added studio echo. it's harder
to play than the Di Giorgio, more exacting, but the
smaller body and neck gives me a greater reach for
chording/intervals. enjoy.

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