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 Post subject: Re: Garbage on Facebook
PostPosted: July 23 19, 9:22 pm 
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I will say that I was using Facebook this evening to help a Korean scholar/translator translate a passage from a novel written by an African American writer into Korean. The passage included the word "edjumacation" and used quilting as a metaphor, so there's been a long, back-and-forth discussion of how "edjumacation" is used for humor or self-deprecation, the meaning and signification of quilting in the South and African American culture, etc. And another scholar joined in, and I was able to instantly translate from Korean into English.


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 Post subject: Re: Garbage on Facebook
PostPosted: November 14 19, 9:19 am 
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I decided this week as likely step 1 toward deleting my facebook account altogether, to cull my friends list. I got rid of everyone with whom I had no contact for a couple years and I was really liberal in that. If someone had wished me a happy birthday on Facebook, I considered it contact and kept them, if they'd replied to a tweet I tweeted I kept them. If they were in any way part of my life I kept them. But people I did improv shows with a dozen years ago I unfriended. People in the restaurant/bar industry with whom I had like 300 mutual friends who added me as a friend as a networking device I unfriended--there were probably 200 of those. People I knew 20 years ago and haven't seen in 20 years but somewhere along the line it was like "oh yeah, I know them, I'll add them on Facebook so I can see what they do in life without ever so much as saying hello" I got rid of. Everyone from high school who I have not seen in 27 years and who I was connected to on Facebook but literally never so much as said hello back and forth with, out. I got rid of over 800 people on Facebook. None of them bad people, none of them I have any animosity towards, nothing like that. It was about Facebook, not them. I like IG better, it's just pictures, y'know?

So then today I scrolled through Facebook for the first time since I culled my friends list. And I started seeing posts from people who I don't remember seeing a post from in a looooong time, because I kept seeing political rants from people who post a lot of political rants and a lot of promotional stuff from people who self-promote, and the algorithm was giving me that instead of stuff posted by the people I actually am friends with. I now see kids and vacations and weddings and pregnant people and a very sad notification that a dog has died at age 5 and it actually felt like a completely different experience because the only people in it are the people actually in my life so every post I see I care about. Before it was like "oh, there's that woman I met once 6 years ago when she was a rep for Death's Door gin, she's on a ski trip" and "cool, that guy I did improv shows with in 2009-2012 who I haven't seen since 2012 said something witty about living in LA" and I realize now it was kind of stalker-y. Even though I wasn't trying to stalk people online, my Facebook experience was largely looking in on the lives with people who I passed in life but do not know/no longer know.


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