Facepig, Snapfool and You
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2017-08-08 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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There's been some attention paid to all the "screen time" that our kids get these days -- and that this "screen time" makes us less, rather than more, happy.

Ever think about it folks?

You should.

And then you should remove Facepig, Messenger and all the other social apps from your phone.

Why?

Think about it folks.  Look at Facepig and beyond all the ads, sponsored clickbait garbage (which I've written on repeatedly) and such what's on there?

Someone doing something fantastic, right?  Someone you know on a cruise.  Another person winning a race. A third person having a beer. A fourth on top of a mountain somewhere.  A fifth, sixth and seventh posting 500 pictures of their cute baby or child (who by the way most-certainly could not have consented to their visage being permanently stolen by Zucker****er).

Think about the image this presents to you as what life is supposed to be.

It's all smiles.

Now I want you to contemplate something: Have you ever seen someone take a **** on Star Trek - or any other TV show?  You've got eight Star Wars movies, and yet I don't recall one person having to stop and take a crap.  The only time you do see that is when it's a joke as part of the plotline -- like in Jurassic Park with the lawyer.

Now let's expand that a bit.

You've never seen anyone actually do laundry.  Nor have you seen someone do the dishes, or even unload the dishwasher.  You've never seen them sit in traffic for an hour commuting to or from work.

Why not? Because if you actually put someone's daily life on television you'd never watch it; 95% of it is the normal daily grind -- we get up, we make a coffee, we ****, shower and shave, we get in the car to go to work and listen to music while stuck in traffic, we buy groceries, etc.

What do you see on Facepig, Snapass and similar?  The 1%, all the time, which inexorably leads you believe that your life should be that 1%, all the time.

But it can't be.

Nobody lives like that.

Even a billionaire who has no care in the world for making another nickel, ever, and has a building full of paid servants still has to ****, shower and shave.  The kid in High School has to sit in class and then do his or her homework.  Even the retiree doesn't get to live like that; he's gotta go to the doctor and get poked here and there, cook dinner, etc.

So what are you doing when you are continually looking at Facepig or Snapping away?  You're engaged in someone else's -- and your own -- fantasy.  A fantasy that is guaranteed to make you miserable because nobody can live a life that consists of even five percent of the projected thing you are viewing.

The fact is that nobody takes a crap on Star Trek because nobody would watch the show -- or the movie -- if they did.  Yet if we ever do master faster-than-light space travel the people on board that ship are still going to spend 90% of their time doing things that amount to "****, shower and shave."

They do it now on the ISS, they did it on Apollo, in Gemini and Mercury and they will in the future just like you do now.

Zucker****er likes to talk about bringing people together and other similar tripe. It's crap.  In fact it's worse than crap, it's a knowing lie.  Zuckerpig knows that even if there was no clickbait, fake deals and other garbage on the site that you'd still be made miserable simply by being there because the "face" you see is one you cannot possibly live.  It therefore cannot bring you joy -- it can only bring you tears to some degree.

Don't tell me about how it helps you "keep up" with your 457 "friends".  You don't have 457 friends.  In fact, I'm willing to bet that you can count the number of people who you can legitimately call "friend" on your fingers.

If you assert that's not true then I will make a declaratory statement in reply: None of those people are actually your friends -- they're all acquaintances, every single one of them.

I recently heard that a record number of kids committed suicide last year in our local High School.  I'm willing to wager 100% of them spent a huge amount of time with their faces buried in a hand-held fantasy machine that made them miserable while stealing a record of everything they did to try to make a profit off that same misery.

Those kids are dead; their misery has ended but the profit still went in Zuckerpig's pocket.

Folks, there's no value here for you in any of these "systems."  It's all net negative and it gets even worse when the data is mined off and sold as I've pointed out repeatedly.  We put these little spying machines in our pockets but how many people will stick them on silent or ignore them when they ring say much less toss 'em in "Airplane" mode?

It wasn't that long ago that if someone wanted to talk with you they called your house and if you were home you could talk to them.  But only one person at a time could do so in said house because there was only one phone line.  If there were five people in your family and one of them was on the phone, the other four could not make or receive a call.  If you were out getting groceries or even just mowing the lawn there were no voicemails either; the phone just rang and nobody answered it.  There were no text messages, Facepig posts or anything else of the sort.  If you were separated by more than a few tens of miles of distance the long-distance charges made sitting on the phone for an hour at a time punitively expensive and nobody could afford it.  Your only reasonable answer to a desire to say more than a few sentences for a birthday or other major life event was to sit down and write an actual letter and stick a stamp on it, then wait days for delivery and a reply.  You only did it on any sort of regular basis if the person you were corresponding with was an actual true friend or more; acquaintances, even those you call "family", you spoke with for 5 minutes on the phone on a birthday or anniversary, and perhaps you saw them over the holidays for dinner when one or the other of you traveled.  Most people had two or three such correspondents and no more simply because you had to invest a material amount of time to write said letters and there were only a few people who were worth it.

The number of people worth it in your life has not changed folks; instead interaction has been cheapened to the point of worthlessness.

How many posts do you think I've made on my Facepig timeline this year?

Three.

One talking about Facepig's spammy ads and two more being single-sentence replies to someone else's post.

Let me count that again for you folks: THREE.

Yeah, I've made a handful of other comments, but in terms of timeline posts -- it's three and only one of substance.  The other two were the prototypical 2 minute pre-cellular phone call.

I'm not trying to expand my reach on the Internet for monetary gain.  If I was then yes, it would make some sense for me to post things on Internet sites; that's called advertising.  But I'm not.

I have zero interest in posting my "personal triumphs" and gloating about them on social media.  My ego is simply not that large.  If you're interested in knowing what I'm doing and whether I happen to take satisfaction in some accomplishment then you probably know how to get ahold of me personally and we can share that.  It might actually mean something to both of us in that case.

More to the point if you wish to call me friend then you won't expect me to find your events, triumphs or whatever on Facepig.  You'll think enough of me to call, recognizing that if I don't answer immediately it's not because I don't like you but because I might be having dinner, mowing the lawn or in the middle of one of the three Ss of life -- and if you choose to leave a message I'll call you back when I can devote some time to us.  Ditto with a text; I might reply right away, but if not it's as likely to be because I'm under my car changing the oil or cleaning the gutters on the house as anything else.  You know, part of that daily ****, shower and shave routine.

Do I look here and there at Facepig? Yes.  But what I see is what I talk about above.  Is it worth my "engagement" in the general sense?  No; I recognize that not one bit of that will ever translate into changing the necessity of my life which, just like yours no matter how rich or poor you are revolves around ****, shower and shave.

But what said "engagement" will do, if I embrace it, is make me less-happy and more-miserable.

It must, because by its nature it portrays a fantasy that nobody can actually live.  Zucker****er knew this originally and in fact had "girl rating" pages on his Haaaarrrrrvvvaaarrrddd site which were exactly as "nice" as you might expect they'd be.  You don't really think he forgot that, do you, nor their popularity with his "friends" -- right?  (BTW what's his wife think about that?  I bet a few billion dollars makes her not care and that tells me everything I need to know about her.)

No, what Zucker****er did was turn your increased misery and reduced happiness into billions of dollars for him.  The founders of Snap and all the other so-called "social media" have done likewise.  They don't even give a **** if the misery their "engagement" contributes to causes nine teens to kill themselves in one semester at a given local school.  What's even worse is that they've done all of that in concert with people like John Legere, the brash CEO of T-Mobile who, along with Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, charge you in both money and slower performance, never mine crappier battery life, to deliver ads for the sole purpose of capitalizing on your decreased happiness.  Any of those carriers could put a stop to a large part of it in an afternoon by putting in place a switch you can turn on in your account that blocks all common advertising domains.

This would not be a "net neutrality" violation since you would choose to turn it on, not them.

But none have, and none will.

They won't because misery is profitable.

People who are truly happy don't need to spend on "aspirational" things.  They certainly don't need $1,000 iFrauds to make them feel good.  Miserable people are another matter; that smiling face with a nice big fat $1,000 iFraudy phone is a "message" they can try to get you to bite on, with the hope that it might make you smile -- at least until you see someone on a cruise, at which point you're back to being unhappy because you need to ****, shower and shave while Jane is on Facepig with a $5,000 vacation smile and a fat Mai Tai in her hand.

None of these apps are on my phone folks.  If I want to look at Facepig I'll do it on a browser, which I can close when done so it can't root around in my device and steal information on whatever else I'm doing.  I don't do "messenger", Snap or any of those others for the same reason.

You shouldn't either, and if you stop doing all of them I predict you will smile more.

Oh, and you'll also pay less -- in both misery and money.

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Vernonb
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In Vicarious Nation everyone gets their fill of unicorn skittles. 'We are because we saw others'. It is the new voyerism and the content providers are the new exhibitionists.

Many of these people actually fear interacting with others and further amplify the six degrees of separation. They believe that on the internet no one knows they are lame. This is the place where noise becomes the news and the content is often there to provide an escape and distraction to those addicted.

Does a sane person that actually values privacy want people to whom he would not normally associate to know what he is doing day by day or hour by hour? -of course not. This is simply a way for many of these people to worship themselves - another reason I choose not to associate with such types. They aren't relaying information they are relaying themselves.

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The only value FB has for me is some of the groups I have been following, like a local homesteading group, a couple keto groups (for recipe ideas) and a couple of groups of freeze dryer owners. The freeze dryer groups are invaluable since it is new technology for the consumer and lots of information is exchanged that is unavailable anywhere else. It irritates me to no end that I have to use FB to access this information, but it has become an easy platform for non-technical folks to set up group chats. Still, there are enough idiots/trolls that post in these groups it makes you want to pull your hair out, so I've been dropping groups where the bull****/information ratio is too high.
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Years ago when I actually looked at Facesuck I noticed that out of my 100+ "friends" it was always the same people posting ****. Pretty damned easy to find the narcissists in my midst. About the time I switched off the Facesuck (2010) I was of the opinion most of the most active users were attention *****s that wanted to be reality tee-vee stars. I don't "keep up" with the progeny of OJ's lawyer and I don't need to keep up with you either.

More recently I've noticed something similar happening on LinkedIn. Appears like everyone is just killing it in their careers. I know for a fact a lot of it is pure hyperbole but to an untrained eye life is ****ty if you're the underemployed barista at Starbucks.
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i used to tell everyone that i never saw a facebook page, then my wife showed me one. i think that it was her way of saying shut the **** up.
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The same argument could be made with our fascination with the television.

At least three generations of people who plop themselves in front of a ONE WAY device. They spend $200/mo on cable. Worse, they spend 99% of their non working (and 3S) time in front of it.

They FEEL like they are doing something, that they are interacting with their buddy Harrison Ford or Oprah.

News flash: none of the people you see on tv go home and watch tv
Intelsys
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I recently read a fascinating and informative article supporting some of what Karl wrote.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arc....

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Spot on. I've long felt all of these social platforms have degraded the quality of life. People don't talk to each other while sitting in a restaurant, or will be more consumed with their device than their SO.
I read the article posted above on the Atlantic and shared it with my family.
It confirms what I've felt strongly about for a long time.
And my biggest fear has been what all of this 'connectedness' has done to a generation of youth. There is no way to know how badly we have screwed up an entire generation of kids with all this ****, but I suspect we are starting to find out. I now crave simplicity, and disconnecting from all of it.

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This seems overly optimistic but for those who feel like they are too plugged in maybe this will help some:

"One day without notifications changes behaviour for two years"

https://www.newscientist.com/article/214....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjtxpnED....

Perhaps challenge loved ones who are too plugged in to unplug for a day?

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Every generation seems to have something that they think has screwed up the following generation.

This one it's smart phones and internet. The previous was video games. Before that was rock and roll and drugs... I don't know what before that.

We all came out ok.

Will this generation? I have no clue, but if they don't, I'm certainly not going to blame it on smartphones and facebook. They are a symptom, not the problem.

Just my opinion.

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It's not just the kids who have been screwed up by cellphones and Facebook, etc. ... adults, too. Let's not fool ourselves.

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Nailed all the high points to why people waste so much time on the most psychologically damaging site on the net. Every suicide that can be tied to this crap needs to be publicized so that maybe the FB DRONES will wake up and stop wasting their lives on it.
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I have always called it Fakebook. Late at night I would get up and use my wifes laptop. It would sometimes be on Fakebook. I would scroll through and read post after post about how fabulous someones life, kids, spouse, etc were. Knowing damn well, their world was one bad check from collapsing. After a while I began to see a trend. The same people "liked" each other's posts, time and time again. You reinforce my lie, and I will reinforce yours. Total fantasy.

I asked my wife why people didn't call someone out on the BS. She said if you do, then they will unfriend you!

I really worry about young people. Working with kids all day, I understand the insecurities of youth. Too fat, too skinny, pimples, etc. They are all huge issues. Add in the BS of social media, I don't know how kids can grow up "normal". I pray my kids can see through this and I try my best to point it out as much as possible.

I will make every member of my family read this ticker. Great ticker.
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Everytime I get on facebook, 30 minutes later I ask myself WTF just happened?! Realize that I just lost 30 minutes of my life that I can never get back. A lot of my friends are people I met once or twice. People from HS, there are only 3 or so I really want to communicate with. The bobblehead groups are fun, but I don't like using messenger to communicate with the others.

If it dies someday, I won't miss it!

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What is Facebuukake and What is a SchmardtFone???

Have neither one. I am always told that I am Abbie Normal, and asked how I know where I am going or how do I know what my friends are doing.

After laughing my A$$ off at the question askers, I pretty much let them know that I am not narcissistic enough to have either one. Some of them actually do get the insult. . . .

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I have a small core of people, real friends, separated by geography, with whom FB is nice to have. I don't 'follow' anyone else.

The only other positive with FB is it allows me to screen potential dates and potential employees.
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I belong to a couple closed FB groups. I post almost nothing to public view. Nor do I post pix that do not have anything to do with my writing - except an occasional picture of food. I have professional contact there and the people are a support group where you can find people to edit and do covers. You never see that sort of posting unless you are invited into a private group. Yet if it ends we can meet elsewhere.
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I use Fakebook primarily to keep in touch with distant family and a handful of good friends that are separated by large distances. I don't have it on my current phone at all. I'm in a group or two, but my activity in them is almost non existent. Any notifications that are sent my way end up in the trash by default. Only when I log in do I see the note, and 99% of the time, it's some bull**** game someone wants me to play.

**** that.

I use Ghostery on all devices, and I can't really remember the last time I saw an ad. The performance improvements by cutting out that stuff was remarkable.

I use an instant messaging program for my brothers and my wife and kids and it's seldom used. I cannot imagine using it through FB on a portable device. Colossal time-suck. (which is to say, your life is wasted).

My smartphone of the day is some LG somethin' or other, and I don't intend to ever look at FB on a mobile. My DTEK60 is in for warranty work. I use my phone to check email; have it in the shop when I need to look up some torque spec or car repair, maybe look at Drudge, certainly to look at the Ticker, and to figure out how long until the rain gets here. It's here for my convenience, not for the convenience of others to tell me how great their lives are. Other people watch TV on the damned thing.

Why?

I've seen those people that post **** about how great things are going on LinkedIn, FB and this new piece of ****, 'Alignable'. Their lives are complete ****, and their careers are moving just above idle speed, but boy can they talk a good story.

When I'm without my phone, there are a few minutes of anxiety, and then I forget about it. Time passes more slowly, I get more stuff done, I think more about random things that matter to me. Same effect when I'm working without interference from a radio or television.

Some wise person (I think on this list) recently said, "Just because they give it to you doesn't mean you have to take it."

Fair enough.
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Tsherry -- Thank you very much for the "Ghostery" reference. That's a nice tool!

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No FB for me ever, or any of the other apps.

The ones who are so wrapped up in it are too busy running with the herd to even stop and ponder what the hell it is they're doing with their lives.

The only people I have actual phone conversations with are my daughter and 3 or 4 others who are 60+ years old. Even texting, at times, is becoming too stupid for me. Look out if someone doesn't like the particular emoji you used or how you worded your text!!!..or maybe you were too slow with your response! smiley

About 5 years ago, when a niece said she had taken 600 photos of her firstborn, in just 2 weeks, I knew that what I had always thought of as "normal" life was gone for good.

RIP


Roundabout
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I have never had a FB profile, nor one on any other of the so-called "Social Networking" sites. I recognized early on that it was a huge waste of time (saw how people first flocked to My Space, and I stayed away). Wife had a profile of her own on OK.ru (Odnoklassniki, a "Russian Facebook" site) but I forbid her posting any photos of me on there, and I finally convinced her to shut it down completely recently.

I remember when "call waiting" was new for POTS, and how my mom used to rail against it "you can still only talk to one person at a time!" - she was right, of course, and she steadfastly refused to subscribe to it, and would hang up if someone she called told her "just a minute, I've got another call to take". I think this was the beginning of the end (the creation of call waiting) of personal one-on-one time. Things have only gotten worse since then.

I don't even post here a lot, only if I feel I have something to add to the conversation- because I recognize not everyone is interested in what I have to say. Using a platform like FB is IMO the ultimate exercise in narcissistic behavior, it assumes everyone is interested in what you say and do.
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I had FB on my previous phone. It was "meh". On a little screen compared to a 24" monitor? Then it decided to update and wanted permission to access and use pretty much everything on the phone. Like really? It wants to read my e-mail? And send e-mail as me? Oh, hell no. Uninstall.
The current phone doesn't and will never have FB.

If I could figure how to root it, most of the Google stuff on the new phone would be gone.

I use FB for FarmVille 99.5% of the time. On my PC with AdBlock Plus. I'll toss up a recipe I've made or a meme stolen from somewhere. With most all of my on-line friends, we've shared an e-mail list since 1997 or so. Most of us have met in person. If I get to Australia, I'll meet a few more in person.

FB is handy for a few things. I can live without it.

I have maybe 4 contacts in my phone that I actually talk to plus one that prefers to text. The rest of the contacts are "don't answer" for the drama, they can send a msg or e-mail. I've done my best to disable voicemail... my phone doesn't tell me if I have a voicemail.

Tangent change....

I found a group a couple of weeks ago about cord cutting. Cord cutting is getting rid of cable TV or DirecTV and going to an antenna and (for me) a Roku. It's been educational. I'm about to drop the group because I'm about as educated as I need. Nice folks there.

On the plus side, I've dropped DirecTV at $143 a month. Times that by 12! On the negative side, we're missing 3 or 4 channels we liked to watch. I know how to get them but for now I'm being "economical". That sound you hear is me squeezing a buffalo nickle.

I had DirecTV for almost 19 years. I started with a Sony dish I bought on eBay and went to their so-so hardware for HD 8 years ago to feed the new 55" Vizio.

So, yeah, I missed the whole mess of TV going digital. Wow! The local stations in HD look awesome. The morning weatherman has whiskers when he does the evening weather! For a one time charge of $50 for an antenna plus $60 for a Roku Premier, we have more free TV than we have time to watch. My 'net connection is slow but it works ok for a movie on Prime. The Roku has a ton of free channels and I don't mind a few commercials.




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I have been a member here for 10 years and have read every Ticker since then. This one is top 3 material.

10 years to the day.
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Perhaps there's never been a bigger opponent of monopolies in American history than Thomas Jefferson (and James Madison), but Louis Brandeis would be a close second if not first.

Louis Brandeis from the Supreme Court Bench argued in 1933 that the government has the right to regulate the concentration of wealth and power if it threatens, NOT consumers, but political freedoms, in his dissenting opinion in the case, Liggett v. Lee, which struck down a Florida law designed to protect local businesses from out-of-state chains.

Here's the thing about monopolies, and eventually if they become virtually the entire market, there is nothing you as an individual can effectively do. You can't even actively boycott them as likely you'd have no choice but to engage with them. Economically, politically, socially, and so on, monopolies have a nefarious effect. And the thing about monopolies, and perhaps the most dangerous aspects: it doesn't even matter the intent of the founder of the monopoly. They can have all the good intents in the world and the nefarious effects still occur.

If Facebook's numbers are believed, then they have essentially admitted to being a monopoly. There's a lot we could go into the ramifications social media has on our behavior and such, but what would it matter. What at this point would or could rise up to challenge them that they couldn't just buy out? This should be prevented, but it won't, not the way things are now. We've had the Bush Administration and the Obama administration, both two terms, and neither conducted any anti-trust cases.

The Microsoft case was under Bill Clinton, but Clinton was no friend of anti-trust causes. The Democrats use to have anti-trust policies as a part of their platform, until the likes of Gary Hart and Michael Dukakis started to change the Dems platform, where it culminated to Bill Clinton removing the mentioning of anti-trust altogether.

It was the Democrats who ousted their own party leader Wright Patman (sponsor of the Robinson-Patman Act) in the 1970s.

At some point, there will be no where to run to. Supposedly there's been a rebirth of the Dems reinserting the anti-trust policies back into the party platform from Chuck Shumer's Op-Ed Piece last month: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opini....

Now you may or may not like everything in it, and you'll find it vague. Yes, that's what politicians do. So we need to keep them accountable. But the point is, the door has been opened, and now it's time to call these people up and make them do what they say.

Or you can play party politics, but then you get what you deserve. It has to be about who or which party or whatever tries or does step up first. Democrats will take Republican votes, and vice versa. And no, you won't agree with anyone on every issue, so then you need to decide a hierarchy of values and causes. Because if you're looking for people who only think exactly like yourself, then all I can suggest is you look into the mirror, and repeat: "no, you're the crazy one."

Regardless, someone has introduced it, now it's time for calls to push and refine it and tell Schumer and the other bastards that if they want votes this mid term, they better start doing something now.
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This morning on the AM broadcast news was some story about a singer celebrity who died, his music was good, but so do we all. Facebook and the internet are just logical extensions of what TV and movies have done and Karl brilliantly described here. They show us happiness in a non-real way for people to escape, not look within and to shape public personality. In the early part of the twentieth century America was beginning the transition to a consumer society and people, especially women, were converted to happiness machines seeking such not in personal contact, culture, inherent beauty and the transcendental, but in what was being sold to them. Purchases became less about quality and long lasting utility, but as aspiration. The brilliance with ****book and the other online narcissism dumps is that under the old model of television production and advertising, the merchant class at least had to do the work and produce content. The interactive nature of the internet and self-posting nature of ****book makes the public do the heavy lifting. User generated content is a major factor of the internet business model as owners of properties extract a rent from users activities either directly in desirable content or network marketing. Think of user reviews posted on Amazon and realize that people are working for these internet landlords for free.

Since we have been on the subject of shunning and there is an angle of educating others positively with our decisions, this might help. It is amazing what you will tolerate until you decide not to do so. Over the past eighteen years, I had a rule on my boat among the few others and guidelines. All phones had to be turned off and given to me, no exceptions. Since my boat could be single-handed, this did not affect me at all. The few times people visit me or attend an event, even rarer, all phones must be placed in my Faraday cage on the old telephone table at the door, over twenty years of doing this. I am also militant, and there are some religious and business reasons for this which I explain, about not being photographed. Never made a big deal over this or had a major issue. This includes places where I work. It starts the conversation like we are having here.

This also gets extended to dating and socializing, and I never had nor do now have an issue. There is no chance of any type of long term relationship or serious dating if the person has an active Facebook or pop social media profile profile. Involvement with a busy executive had significantly less technology interruptions than the average person and she loved texting for fun, yet could have time together and a home life without the phone BS.

In my firm there was WW III over my rule that tech was silent and vibrate off during client interactions, appointments and presentations. I also banned it during driving. Funny how people appreciated it over time as their effectiveness increased. Apple products were never allowed to be in my office or access my network and they are never allowed in my home. Starts a nice discussion here.

Working for some people of means you see the regular ins and outs of their lives. Often they do enjoy what media omits as the mundane and regular as do many like us. It would be boring to not do things like cook, clean, fix and maintain. There is a simple joy in being as self-sufficient as possible. Housework is not drudgery; it is an escape from the noise and hurried nature of the world. I enjoy a good shave or thinking about what I am going to cook for dinner while fixing the car or preparing something for a client. The media cannot sell the sound of the insects outside my window as i clean up after dinner. There has been a constant business world movement to make us resent regular life and want to hurry through it to do something fun that we would never have thought to do had they not convinced us. You time off work is spent like everyone else, usually all trying to get to the same place to have fun and not having fun in the process, when all you have to do is take a walk, look at a tree, make dinner and possibly enjoy it with some people who matter.

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