Resist ‘1984’ in 2010: Facebook Mass Deactivation Attempt on March 7th

This is a call to all readers,

I represent a small group of people who have chosen to permanently deactivate from Facebook on March 7th.

Although we are all aware of the website’s convenience, we are abandoning Facebook for the Promised Land that was once known as life. In order to demonstrate our acknowledgement of the website’s obvious capabilities, we created an event page using Facebook. You can find it here:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=308145337480&ref=ts

On behalf of dwindling humanity in the face of population overload, we cordially invite you to check out the page, and hope that you will consider participating in deactivation on March 7. By gathering many participants in a show of solidarity, we hope to create some awareness and generate mainstream discussion on the true implications of web 2.0.

On the page you’ll find a heated and sometimes hilarious wall-debate outlining many different reasons why one may or may not choose to take up the cause.

Although Facebook is a convenient means to communicate with other people, it does not represent a substitute for human interaction.

Let’s de-clutter our lives and do away with this uselessness together.

Time is running out.

De-complicate, Communicate , Deactivate.

03.07.2010

Hope to see you there.

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  • Lady 'Lin

    “I represent a small group of people who have chosen to permanently deactivate from Facebook on March 7th.”

    “04.07.2010

    Hope to see you there.”

    Date fail. 03.07.2010

    • http://disinfo.com Disinformation

      Thanks for reading, we corrected the date at the end of the article.

  • tonyviner

    IT IS TIME!

  • 5by5

    I only recently went on there because in a random search for an old friend I found that this person had a Facebook site, and wished to contact them. But once on, I'm sorry, but I failed to see the point of it. What can I do on Facebook that I can't do on a blog or my own website better (especially the latter, where I own the real estate and can control it better)? Talk to some random person I could give a crap about anyways and will never meet? Be “popular” with people I don't know?

    Is it just exhibitionism/voyeurism gone digital? Because I don't see any real conversations of substance taking place on there. It strikes me as totally useless. Like an even cheesier version of Classmates.com (something which I didn't think it was possible to be cheesier than).

    But then I don't see the point in Twitter either. I think the only useful thing that ap has done is act as an organizing tool for dissidents in Iran. “Go here, “Meet there,” is about the extent of it's value, and in a free society where I can accomplish the same thing on a frickin' phone… again. Not seeing the point.

    I don't really care about the minutia of your life, and I don't expect anyone to care about mine. I expect you to care about the big things, and I would hope I'd care about that sort of stuff with others, but sorry, it strikes be that most of these so-called social media tools are popular with junior high and high schoolers for a reason – they are a fundamentally immature way of interacting.

    When you're that age, you have a thousand acquaintances that you think are important, but as you grow older, your circle grows smaller as you discover which people you can truly count on. That's natural. It seems these sites keep people in a state of perma-adolescence — a phase which you should want to get through and out of as quickly as humanly possible due to it's inherent suckage.

    Who the frack wants to stay in high school forever?

    • frustfield

      While a lot of people may use it as a “fundamentally immature way of interacting”, it does have it's uses for a majority of the people. I have friends that either don't have phones or have pay-as-you-go phones that eat up units with no night/weekend options. Why sap their minutes and make them spend more money when I can just type a quick message and use it mostly as a glorified email account? What if they live in an area with a bad phone connection that always cuts out 2 minutes into the conversation? Waste of a phone call I'd say.

      I have a few friends overseas or across the country that would charge long distance fees. Again, why spend more when I can communicate the same information in another format? Another one is people in the military – can't call / text them most of the day anyway, because if they're seen using a cell phone while on duty they'll most likely be punished. I can send a quick message and know they'll get to it when they can rather than risk their phone going off during a drill or while at a duty station because that was the one day that I needed to contact them and they forgot to put their phone on silent.

      Why don't I just use an email account? Well it's comforting at times to see an old friend's face and/or sift through albums of photos of shared memories that they've uploaded. We can also set up parties and other events with the greatest of ease. Who's coming? Oh that's right, there's a convenient list right there that tells me. Who hasn't responded yet? Well we can just look at the numbers and adjust the arrangements for said event without playing phonetag all day. Also, some people change their email address frequently due to high amounts of spam or for other reasons and they may not think to send a mass email informing their friends or colleagues that it has changed. If they have a facebook account, no worries about that.

      All in all I'd say it's very handy for networking and keeping up with friends that don't have phones or are a long-distance call away. Is it abused by people just looking for attention? Certainly. Does that mean it's a completely useless website and should be commented negatively on by anyone who simply can't or refuses to see it's uses? Not at all. It's not designed to be a substitute for human interaction, but a networking tool to create more human interaction. I can't tell you the amount of public events (band gigs, comedians, book release,etc) I would have missed out on – luckily someone posted it and it comes to my news feed. I get out more often because of it.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

        you just aren't hip enough

        • 5by5

          Yeah, and I'm so worried about that. NOT.

          LOL!

          • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

            wasn't talking to you

      • ThirdSection

        Skype?

      • 5by5

        So here's my question. Why do you need a “glorified” email account? What's wrong with a regular one? And isn't Facebook just putting your emails out in public, and therefore an act of exhibition more than communication?

        I understand it might have a use for event planning (thus my original mention of dissident organizing in Iran), but that's a highly limited application, that wouldn't generate this level of membership.

        Which brings me back to the voyeurism/exhibitionism thing. We live in a culture that assigns worth to people solely on the “virtue” of being famous. You don't even have to be famous for accomplishing something of value. The mere act of “being known” is somehow worthy of praise.

        So isn't Facebook/Twitter/etc, and however many fake friends you can compile, simply regular folks trying to convince themselves of their own worth based upon such a stupid measure as one's “fame quotient”? Like I said, it's like high school. Who's most popular? Who's been “friended” the most?

        Who cares?

        Reality television gives the the same high school vibe. A bunch of people whose emotional growth is so retarded that they'll either submit to or engage in the judging of others, and the people who'll watch that tripe as if it wasn't anything other than pathetic.

    • tonyviner

      A lot of what you say really holds up, but I have actually met a couple really interesting people and had some worthwhile conversations, this is not to say that none of this could have happened in real life. What I am saying is that it is not a total waste and does have its practical applications, many of which are overlooked in favor of someone telling me (and everyone else that can view their posts) what they are going to do for the day or what they had done. I honestly don't give a shit about that stuff, if I care I will ask you.

      What I do do (gross) on there is post compelling, thought provoking little tidbits of information or just random thoughts that pop into my head in an attempt to make people think about the world around them and how they participate in it. I know that most of these come off as just abstract little things that will normally go over the heads of many of those that read them. Just as well, the people that they do not reach are the people that have little hope of changing in the first place.

      Another thing about it I find useful is the fact that I just moved a thousand miles across the country and it tends to be my primary mode of keeping up with the people that I just moved away from, mainly my family and my FEW real friends. I think this is a good thing, and while talking to them on the phone may be better, I am lazy and this is easy.

      The real catalyst occurred yesterday, before I had gained knowledge of this little movement, when my girlfriend informed me that she just found out about one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded taking place in Chile. That's fine, I already knew about it from the news, but she found out about it fifth-hand on FUCKING FACEBOOK. That is what did it for me.

    • Paisley_Apple

      Mass Deactivation?
      I don't know if 171 confirmed guests is a “mass”.

  • Nico

    Interesting article, though I wonder why the authors haven't mentioned all the info grabbing apps and invasive tracking that is rife on Facebook. Surely that would be one of the strongest reasons to de-activate an account there?

    I think the “quite myspace campaign” started by Andrew Dubber will be much more successful. Myspace has been dead for socializing for a couple of years now, but it's also now dead for the people who use it most – artists and musicians. There's more info on that at: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/happy-quit-m

    • cit.zen

      Hey Nico,

      I chose to omit specific reasons for deactivating dimply because there are so many!

      With my little experiment here, I am not seeking to “convince” people to deactivate from Facebook. I am seeking to gather all of those who are already convinced, so that together we may convince others – or at least make a few of them think about “technology for technology's sake”.

      – cit.zen

      • cit.zen

        lol @ dimply.

  • http://pantheisticsolipsist.blogspot.com/ pantheisticsolipsist

    you shouldn't be deactivating! you should be straight up deleting your accounts!
    it is possible, you have to look in the help center, under Profile. there is a part on deleting and deactivating. they try to convince you to deactivate, but there is a link for deletion request. it takes two weeks, but it removes ALL of your data. it doesn't keep it there for “you” (them) for when you reactivate.

    they don't CARE if you deactivate. they still have your information. you want to worry them, delete.

  • Chris

    Unfortunately, I will not be participating in the mass deactivation, as I do not have a Facebook account.

  • http://www.myspace.com/santosramos fabian_ramos

    psssh

  • JaiGuru

    Good. Get off our internets.

    • cit.zen

      reclaim the internet

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Facebook, facebook, where is this Face-book? I haven't seen it at Barnes and Noble….uuuuuh

  • iphlogiston

    Hn, ironic that the link asks you to login in order to see the page?

    Also, I'm way ahead of you in jumping off the Facebook (Failbook?) ship. I deleted my account after too many of my family members across country were able to track me down. I don't want to talk to them! I'm actually healthier and happier having moved 2,000+ miles away, legally changing my name, and losing contact with them!

  • Carl

    Facebook is about people you used to know.

  • thbc1391

    you used facebook, to try and shut down….facebook, you condem it for being a way of controlling people and pulling them away from life, so, we should boycott the whole internet? And AIM, and cellphones, and any device which “hinders” our ability to talk to people in person. Cool, so my telegraph is out too, right? Facebook is harmless, its only purpose is for letting people know about events and sever boredom….oh no, ill make sure to kill my xbox and shoot the mailman too. Off the grid hippy fucks. Also, to 5by5, yes facebook is just like a blogg, i bet you have several. congrats

  • Crowd

    Whoever is running this site, listen up: You better not be hypocrites and remove the “f connect” facebook share button above the comment box and the red “f” facebook button at the top right of the website by 7th of march 2010.

    Another off-topic issue. Your website logo beats the purpose of your message. Why choose a red devil logo?

    You don't have to answer that of course. Even your average human being would know why.

    • lol@noob

      ha ha ha!

      the red devil logo is because this site is just a front for a ring of SATANIST BABY KILLIN COMMUNIST PEDOSEXUALZZZ!!!!!!!!111

  • Borvis

    How can you compare Facebook to 1984? You obviously havent read the book. The Oceanians in 1984 would never be allowed to use internet and neither a social network like Facebook. In fact, Facebook is the opposite of what the book warns us about. Maybe you should learn to control your internet habits before you say stupid things like this.

    • cit.zen

      Big Brother would want you to say that.

  • Muzza from Leeton NSW.

    I have friends scattered all around not only Australia, but the world. facebook is a good means (and free) by which I can find out what they are up to. 95% of the people I have as contacts I know PERSONALLY, have laughed and cried with. The other 5% are friends of friends that are funny, intelligent, witty or all of the above. I have exactly 24 people on my contact list and this has been constant for several months now. I post observations that others may find amusing, insightful or just plain confusing and I like to offer humourous comments to other friends posts. facebook is no substitute for having a meal and/or a drink with your mates, and you would be a fairly empty person to think so, but if your best mate is three and a half thousand kilometres away, it isn't a bad substitute. It comes down to choice-no one is holding a gun to your head to use this servive;you don't like it? Leave. It's that simple.

    • cit.zen

      That's all very nice for you. It has nothing at all to do with what we're doing though.

  • Crowd

    Guess who's back kids?

    Your website's a joke. You didn't remove the facebook buttons.

    This was one silly game. You need to be more serious.

    Oh I forgot. Kids are running this site. My bad!

    • http://disinfo.com Disinformation

      Are you daft? Do you think every opinion on this site we ourselves endorse or promote?

      It's about free speech, free opinion, and people talking to each other who may never have that opportunity in real life. In fact, if we have two people talking to each other on a comment thread who actually HATE the other side's viewpoint, that is a WIN for the day.

      Stop making threats and consider dialogue, you may achieve something in life…

  • http://disinfo.com Disinformation

    Are you daft? Do you think every opinion on this site we ourselves endorse or promote?

    It’s about free speech, free opinion, and people talking to each other who may never have that opportunity in real life. In fact, if we have two people talking to each other on a comment thread who actually HATE the other side’s viewpoint, that is a WIN for the day.

  • 4×4

    I just found this so my comments will be well out of date but …..

    I permanently deleted mine many months ago because its crap! like the person below me said what can you do on there that you can’t do on another site? Or better yet offline.

    I originally got my facebook to stay in touch with people I travelled with but the ones I remain in touch with is by phone. The others (who now practically live on facebook) I don’t really care about and never did in fact these people were the same back then as they are now. Its funny to see but its also very sad it personally drags me down and to be honest the best thing I ever did was delete it for good! I recommend anyone who feels the same to get rid of it too. 

  • 4×4

    I just found this so my comments will be well out of date but …..

    I permanently deleted mine many months ago because its crap! like the person below me said what can you do on there that you can’t do on another site? Or better yet offline.

    I originally got my facebook to stay in touch with people I travelled with but the ones I remain in touch with is by phone. The others (who now practically live on facebook) I don’t really care about and never did in fact these people were the same back then as they are now. Its funny to see but its also very sad it personally drags me down and to be honest the best thing I ever did was delete it for good! I recommend anyone who feels the same to get rid of it too. 

  • The Critter

    While we’re at it, let bin all our cellphones, sew up our mouths and NEVER write again……………………………

    Might even burn a book or two too.

  • The Critter

    While we’re at it, let bin all our cellphones, sew up our mouths and NEVER write again……………………………

    Might even burn a book or two too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justine-Hernandez/1518780092 Justine Hernandez

    Yes, facebook seems to be a very petty and censored domain.

    BUT–the great news–facebook gives each user the power of MASS COMMUNICATION. It’s fucking brilliant.
    One user finds relevance in posting pictures of their cat.
    Another finds relevance in spreading important subject matter to those who are unaware… which is a lot of people.

    Like anything–it’s all in how you use it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justine-Hernandez/1518780092 Justine Hernandez

    Yes, facebook seems to be a very petty and censored domain.

    BUT–the great news–facebook gives each user the power of MASS COMMUNICATION. It’s fucking brilliant.
    One user finds relevance in posting pictures of their cat.
    Another finds relevance in spreading important subject matter to those who are unaware… which is a lot of people.

    Like anything–it’s all in how you use it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justine-Hernandez/1518780092 Justine Hernandez

      Yet, kudos to real human interaction.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justine-Hernandez/1518780092 Justine Hernandez

      Yet, kudos to real human interaction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justine-Hernandez/1518780092 Justine Hernandez

    Yes, facebook seems to be a very petty and censored domain.

    BUT–the great news–facebook gives each user the power of MASS COMMUNICATION. It’s fucking brilliant.
    One user finds relevance in posting pictures of their cat.
    Another finds relevance in spreading important subject matter to those who are unaware… which is a lot of people.

    Like anything–it’s all in how you use it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justine-Hernandez/1518780092 Justine Hernandez

    Yet, kudos to real human interaction.

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