My son recently recommended a documentary on Netflix, “The Social Dilemma.” After watching it, I did something I’ve considered for quite some time. I deleted my social media accounts. As of today, I’m no longer on Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, or Instagram.
P.S. They do not make it easy to delete an account permanently, but an internet search yields plenty of sites giving instructions.
This feature was put together thoughtfully, not suggesting everyone should cancel their accounts, but disclosing the insane level of control social media has in today’s world. They highlight who’s pulling the strings and why. Spoiler alert—special interest groups and the corporate greedy are implicated.
The creators of the narrative understand that many individuals rely on Facebook and other venues to stay connected with family and friends. So, their focus is not on prohibition, but on raising awareness of how technology has spun out of control and urgently needs restrictions. These arguments are partly why I’ve cancelled my accounts, but doing without social media is easy for me. I have always found the sites too busy and distracting, and I’ve never enjoyed having my personal data in the public domain. I know, I know, it’s a piss-poor attitude for a writer.
For details on the documentary, click on the following link and check it out for yourself.
I’m keeping this short and sweet, but I want to thank everyone who voted for a book cover last month. It was a close race between #1 and #2, but in the end the winner was #2. Sadly, the novel is on the back burner again. Put something aside for a while and you see it with fresh eyes. The book needs further work.