Why I’m Getting Closer to Closing My Facebook Account

OK you know I probably won’t.

But this is gross:

Corporations may have more control over online speech today than the courts. Executives determine which videos, pictures and comments are permitted and what art is allowed. Their rules govern billions of posts across the globe each day.

“Our job is to manage the rules that determine what content is unacceptable on Facebook and also, obviously, what is acceptable,” [Facebook lawyer Judd] Hoffman says. His team determines what more than 1 billion people and businesses can and can’t say and do on Facebook. …

And Facebook bans copyright infringement and all sorts of speech that, in public, is protected by the First Amendment — things like nudity, hate speech, bullying and pornography.

From Facebook’s Online Speech Rules Keep Users On A Tight Leash {npr}.

And then there’s this bit from a recent Douglas Rushkoff interview {all things considered}:

In my life, it’s sort of the experience of being on Facebook and seeing everyone from my past suddenly back in my present, you know, and the inability to distinguish between people who may have been friends of mine in second grade and people who I’ve met just yesterday and people who are actually significant relationships. You know, that sense, that collapse of my whole life into one moment, where every ping, every vibration of my phone might just pull me out of whatever it is I’m doing into something else that seems somehow more pressing on the moment.

I won’t be closing my account any time soon, but I will be re-considering how I use the service. And I’ll try to use it less.

It comes down to something Rushkoff talks a lot about and that I want to try to do more of, and that’s being intentional about the media you consume. Whether it be Facebook or TV or blogs or books. The idea of not being a passive consumer and not taking things at face value.

More on Douglas Rushkoff and Facebook on this blog.