Today, 1 October 2018, after ten years on the platform, I unplugged from Facebook for an indefinite hiatus. Even amidst my frustrations with the manipulative algorithms and data mining, just last week I considered throwing my hands up and going the route of many friends who add up the list of "friends" to go into the high hundreds, some even thousands; "networking" I've been sold.
Somehow filling the seats in the theater just didn't work for me so instead I chose the opposite route - downsizing by 25% by "unfriending" a bunch of people who never interacted with me and then getting rid of the phone app and the browser bookmark. I will consider further purging steps in November, when the "like"-monkey on my back has calmed down.
My friends have my email if they want to be in touch, telephone number many, and I have theirs. I do maintain links to my friend's art, writings, and other creative expressions; and remain open to more.
True - I will miss some individuals sharing moments from their lives and hope to find other ways to do that - yet I will not miss the tsunamis of tribe-lubricating meme-flotsam and link-jetsam whose lack of critical-thinking are among the top ten reasons I'm outta there.
We'll see how these steps towards a more individualized communication in the eWorld work out. Thoughts welcomed.
This blog, which I began upon moving back to New York City in 2010, will be one place I will be relocating my creative energies - my artwork, photography, and writings.
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and now . . . onto the trip!
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In October of 2012 - as I had done on previous and future Octobers, I had set myself the discipline/goal to create one digital collage a day. This particular year, aspiring to also fuel my desires to write, I added the challenge of annexing a bit of story to each image and trying to somehow move it along, tying up the disparate elements.
I originally shared it daily on Facebook, where it has lived; now transported to Behance.
All the collages are made from photographs I took around New York City.