The news is exasperating, frightening, and relentless. Like a malignant shadow. In trying to escape it, I put my home delivery of the NYT on hold for the month of May. The never-ending death counts and reports of presidential malfeasance were keeping my blood pressure up and refusing to let me sleep. Not that I didn’t see it all online, anyway.

I am quitting Facebook. I have been concerned (wow, what a mamby-pamby word), angry, and resentful of the reports of what happens to my data, the ad tracking, the kow-towing of FB leadship to this administration, and the refusal to demonstrate and practice oversight and ethics surrounding hate groups, foreign and domestic government interference, and non-human contributions. And every time I log in, I am faced with the horrifying news again.

The difficulty in this decision is that I have come to know a lot of people online — all over the world — whom I respect, enjoy, seek out, and worry about. I don’t know how to continue those relationships. I don’t want to lose them.



6 thoughts on “June 1, 2020

  1. As long as we have text and email, you won’t lose me. 🙂

  2. I get what you mean, though, I’m quitting for the same reason. I’ve had just about all I can take of white people talking about everything but their willingness to acknowledge and dismantle institutionalized racism so this stuff doesn’t keep on happening. And I think the divisions in our country are being amplified rather than broken down by social media. Stepping back from the hate isn’t a bad thing.

  3. We’ve been friends a long time Susan. I personally stopped using FB seriously a long time ago. Turned off all notifications from it, and only log in randomly to check on friends and relatives. You won’t lose me. I’m here. My email address is the same it’s always been.

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