Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, August 10, 2018

Since 2016, we've learned in drip-drip-drip revelations how our social media giants, especially Facebook, have made us disconnected -- divided, discordant, isolated into like-minded silos, and manipulated by hackers working for the Kremlin. Why it matters: For many years, becoming "connected" has been the zeitgeist -- to long-lost family, friends, whole new communities, potential business partners at home and abroad, perhaps a romantic interest. We asked the question of experts from a number of fields -- what would be the pluses and minuses if you just could snap your fingers and make Facebook disappear?

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Facebook, the place all you dingbats can display false esteem. Look at mee............ here is what I had for dinner!!!!!!!!!!!

#1 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-08-10 03:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#1 | POSTED BY SNIPER AT 2018-08-10 03:54 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-08-10 05:03 PM | Reply

There's always Gab, which is the free speech leader of the social media world.

Gab - Free Speech Social Network

#3 | Posted by MikeHammer at 2018-08-10 05:28 PM | Reply

You mean we might have to actually talk to each other again?

The horror!

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-08-10 06:02 PM | Reply

"what would be the pluses and minuses if you just could snap your fingers and make Facebook disappear?"

I deleted my FB account a couple of years after it began, and I can honestly say I've never had a 'minus' result from doing so. On the plus side, I didn't end up addicted to 'likes' or to posting a daily diary of my life, complete with pictures, to a bunch of 'friends' who, in truth, could care less anyway.

"I got b*****s askin' me about the code for the Wi-Fi
So they can talk about they Timeline
And show me pictures of they friends
Just to tell me they ain't really friends"

-Drake

#5 | Posted by 9mmHeater at 2018-08-10 07:08 PM | Reply

I hate FB. Got rid of it a long time ago, I don't miss it at all.

#6 | Posted by byrdman at 2018-08-10 09:18 PM | Reply

I've found Facebook useful to contact old friends and family when I'm coming through their city and reconnect and share old memories over dinner. It all depends on how you use it. There are two types of users: content creators and viewers; don't be a viewer.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-11 10:27 AM | Reply

to a bunch of 'friends' who, in truth, could care less anyway.

A couple times per year I go through my connections list and ask myself "if these folks travel to where I'm at, would I want to meet up with them?" If the answer is no, as that original friendship has faded or we were only acquaintances to begin with, then they get removed. Curating the friends list helps to prevent excess noise.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-11 10:31 AM | Reply

Curating the friends list helps to prevent excess noise.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92

Well said.

I'm curious to know your thoughts on the main question posed, being that you do use FB in a somewhat limited fashion it seems.

Do you feel it would have a positive, negative, or neutral effect on your life if it suddenly disappeared?

Man, that sounds, eerily, as if I'm some FB survey writer. I can only give my word I am not.

#9 | Posted by 9mmHeater at 2018-08-11 04:04 PM | Reply

Do you feel it would have a positive, negative, or neutral effect on your life if it suddenly disappeared?

If it disappeared overnight, it would be neutral (there's always Instagram, owned by Facebook, to stay in contact with travels). If both sites shut down down overnight it would be neutral to slightly negative.

If both sites were shutting down and there was a couple week warning so I could collect offline contact info of people I'd want to stay in touch with, then it would be slightly positive in a way to limit distractions online, but without a doubt there would be a competing service pop up which the social network would migrate to.

Ex: A lot of my friends migrated from crappy "profile" pages on geocities, to MySpace, to now Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, so the yearning to add one another to stay in touch will remain with whatever happens in the future. Apart from folks who post things to get "likes" and comments, I feel like it is common to use social media as a backup address book.

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-11 06:49 PM | Reply

I wouldn't miss it as I've never signed up and probably never will. It would probably benefit my wife's blood pressure as she wouldn't have to put up with stupid right wing bullsh@t from most of my immediate family.

#11 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-08-11 08:28 PM | Reply

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Makes sense. Being replaced by something else would no doubt occur.

If a week's notice was given, I suppose people could just request that FB send them all of their contact's info. (Sarcasm)

#12 | Posted by 9mmHeater at 2018-08-11 08:37 PM | Reply

THAT would suck majorly.

#13 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-08-11 08:42 PM | Reply

LOL. I'm taking it you would see it as kind of a negative thing, Laura. You are not alone I am sure.

#14 | Posted by 9mmHeater at 2018-08-11 09:16 PM | Reply

"I feel like it is common to use social media as a backup address book"

I prefer a paper address book. No corporation gets to share my data. Some of the ones you mentioned, Linkedin, specifically use your information to steal the information from all of your contacts. I won't use it ever, and now Facebook is asking banks for our financial info? Why do you want to expose yourself to any of that?

#15 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-12 08:37 AM | Reply

Facebook is a rallying point for those with slightly diminished capacity which further diminishes capacity with participation.

It shouldn't be missed.

#16 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-08-12 12:30 PM | Reply

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