Daniel Miller

Antisocial Networking

I noticed this post from 2008 the other day, and the original post it links to was so far ahead of its time it is almost unbelievable. Adam Greenfield is apparently full-time book writing these days, but his blog was one of the bests back in the day. From the original post:

For all of these reasons, I believe that technically-mediated social networking at any level beyond very simple, local applications is fundamentally, and probably persistently, a bad idea. From where I stand, the only sane response is to keep our conceptions of friendship and affinity from being polluted by technical metaphors and constraints to begin with.

I understand that this is very much a minority opinion, and one which will not carry the day. But neither is it simply the knee-jerk, reactionary rejection of technology; I see it as a demand, rather, that we use information technology for the things it’s good at, and keep it far, far from the things it damages at first touch. I feel far too strongly about my friends and about the experiences we’ve shared, and which I cherish, to submit any of them to the idiot regime of social networking as it is currently understood.

Resubscribing to his blog presently.

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