If I could, I would . . .

  • Delete my Facebook account
  • Delete my Twitter account
  • Delete all social media/social networking accounts with, maybe, the exception of Instagram and Pinterest.

 But I can’t. It’s digital suicide. Society says so. 

facebook_like-730x291By society I mean . . .

  • Employers: Most expect you to engage in social media like Facebook and LinkedIn to look for jobs, post resumes, and apply for jobs, otherwise you’re out of touch.
  • Middle management and worker bees: These are the folks who sit in on job interviews to determine if a candidate is worthy to work for said company, and often while you’re sweating it out in the conference room they’re checking out your Facebook and Twitter posts.
  • Youth: You’re nothing if you’re not using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Reddit, Tinder, WhatsApp, Slack, YikYak, or ___________ (insert latest and greatest app).
  • Family and Friends: If you’re not keeping up with their posts, liking their pictures, then you’re not only out of touch you don’t love them or you’re a terrible friend.

Sigh. It doesn’t matter . . .

  • That I started with Facebook when an actual .edu email was required to sign up.
  • That I opened my first Twitter account within the first month of its grand opening post SXSW. I experimented, didn’t like the direction, then started another account a few months later when I pledged to write intelligent 140 character Tweets, refusing to tell the world what I ate for lunch or the quality of my bowel movements (although I did Tweet a series from jail — a story for another time).
  • That I’ve been using social technologies since the days of 300 baud modems, bulletin boards, and Whole Earth electronic communities. Oh, yes, I’ve been savagely beaten for my views on Miles Davis.
  • That I was teaching the intersection of traditional media with new media when the University of Texas at Dallas first began its Emerging Media & Communications program.

So what’s my problem?

I’m tired of:

  • Information overload
  • The noise
  • The trolling
  • The hate and vitriol that permeates social media and social networks
  • The disappearance of civil discourse
  • Our leaders screaming #fakenews at every turn
  • Our leaders condemning the “mainstream media” tearing apart reporters, most of whom are working around the clock, checking and re-checking facts, and trying to do the best damn job possible because truth and accuracy does matter. Their jobs and livelihoods depend on it! I’ve been there. I know of what I speak.

I don’t mean to be that cranky old neighbor who shouts, “Hey, you kids, get off my lawn!” from a front-porch rocker. I find immense value in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, et al. But enough is enough.

If I could, I would.

But I won’t. I’ll climb on the horse again and away we’ll go.

Featured Photo Credit: WSJ.

Thumbs Down Image Credit: The Next Web.