[iDC] Replacing Facebook

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Mon May 31 15:04:32 UTC 2010

Hi all,

bombing, deleting, committing suicide, with a machine (or not)...  
These are not really the metaphors I call mine.

Leaving the scene is perhaps a better motive.

It reminds me of Baudrillard who writes about the art of disappearance  
and the strategies that go with such moves.

Indifference is one of them. Who cares? Forgetting is another (the  
password). What was my username again? Damned. No idea.

That's very likely going to be the way most Facebook users will say  
goodbye to the System.

A computer crash. Moving town. A love affair. Life is strong. And so  
are alternatives networks. Alternatives to networks.


(after my Facebook's gone)

On 31 May 2010, at 3:57 PM, nathan jurgenson wrote:

> love Dockray's "FACEBOOK SUICIDE (BOMB) MANIFESTO" and the point  
> that we can stick it to facebook by gumming up their system.  
> database vandalism!
> however, for many, quitting facebook is not really an option (e.g.,  
> because all of your peers use it). another less extreme route is to  
> simply have a "fakebook" where you do not use your real name and  
> fill your profile with nonsense information. your real friends will  
> still know who you are. you can still use the site to network and  
> enjoy what it offers while simultaneously sticking it to facebook a  
> bit by inserting so much false information (not to mention it solves  
> many of the privacy concerns).
> i wrote it up a bit here: "Trade Your Facebook in for a Fakebook" http://contexts.org/sociologylens/2010/05/26/trade-your-facebook-in-for-a-fakebook/
> nathan
> ----------
> From: Sean Dockray <sean at e-rat.org>
> A roadmap for an effective Facebook suicide should do some of the
> following: catching as many viruses as possible; click on as many
> ?Like? buttons as possible; join as many groups as possible; request
> as many friends as possible. Wherever there is the possibility for
> action, take it, and take it without any thought whatsoever. Become a
> machine for clicking! Every click dissolves the virtual double that
> Facebook has created for you. It disperses you into the digital lives
> of others you hadn?t thought of communicating with. It confuses your
> friends. It pulls all those parts of the world that your social
> network refuses to engage with back into focus, makes it present  
> again.
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