This weekend, I started reading Feel Free, the new collection of essays by Zadie Smith (it’s great), and “Generation Why?,” a 2010 piece from the New York Review of Books, was the first one I read. Despite written eight years ago, the essay – and its two statements below – was useful for my current dilemma concerning Facebook: Should I stay or should I go?
“When a human becomes a set of data on Facebook, he or she is reduced. Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships. Language. Sensibility. In a way it’s a transcendent experience: we lose our bodies, our messy feelings, our desires, our fears.”
“It feels important to remind ourselves, at this point, that Facebook,…was designed by a Harvard sophomore with a Harvard sophomore’s preoccupations.”