As I’m still (mostly) on hiatus from Twitter and Fecebook, I fantasize about having a real-life discussion group to talk about social media. Since I don’t have one, I’ll do what I always do: ask online, which is why I developed a social media dependence to begin with. Please answer as many or as few questions as you like.
- Have you ever changed someone else’s mind on social media? How?
- Have you ever gotten angry at someone on social media? Why?
- Do you have online friendships or relationships with people you’ve never met in real life?
- Has a conflict on social media affected you offline, in “real life”? How?
- Have you lost friendships over things said and done on social media?
- Have you ever been publicly shamed on social media? If so, please describe. If not, why not?
- Have you ever joined in a public shaming of someone else?
- Have you ever witnessed a social media public shaming? Did you say anything? Why or why not?
- Have you ever reported a tweet or post? Why? What happened?
- Have you ever been reported?
- Do you say things on social media you’re afraid to say in real life?
- Do you say things in real life you’re afraid to say on social media?
- Have you ever lied on social media? Why?
- Do you “like” things you don’t actually like, and refrain from “liking” things you do like? Why?
- Do you use social media for political activism? How?
- How would you stay in touch with your friends without social media?
- If your friends all jumped off a cliff on social media, would you do it too? (Answer: yes.)
Update: my answers are in the fifth comment below.
An image representing “domestic coupledom,” inspired by Against Love: A Polemic by Laura Kipnis, which I have really been enjoying lately.
I interrupt this series of Ziz iterations to tell you about a new book you are likely to enjoy. It’s called Crazy Little Thing: Why Love and Sex Drive us Mad, by Liz Langley. Why are you reading about it here on my blog? Because there’s a whole chapter about ME, that’s why! Apparently I am a paragon of how not to kill your ex in a tormented rage, and make a work of art instead. Most of the other profiles in the book are about people killing/maiming/permanently damaging their exes or themselves after breakups, but an alternative is to make a feature film, which is what I did and how I merited this sweeeet chapter. Also the book is well-written and funny, and you should read it.
I’ve been digging through my old original comics archives, selecting artwork for upcoming exhibits at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum and the Betty Boop Festival in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This old gem, while not one of my best, has extra sentimental value. “George the Monster,” who featured in early Nina’s Adventures strips, is my longtime friend Ian Akin. Remarkably, we’ve stayed friends almost 22 years. In fact Ian is visiting me in New York right now! I’d forgotten all about this song he wrote for me when I was fighting some battle or other in my 20’s. Upon rediscovering it, I found it’s just as cheering as I fight some battle or other in my 40’s.
Although the comic says ©, it’s now copyLeft like all my old comics. CC-BY-SA.
Now I get to enjoy two glorious weeks in my favorite city in the World. Sita did very well in Europe, especially France – in addition to the Annecy prize, she won “Best American Feature” at Avignon. All of which takes some of the sting out of returning to a lost potential romance, a friend’s descent into alcoholism, and a bedbug infestation in my building (the exterminators come Friday). Still, I am overjoyed to be reunited with my beloved cat Bruno, and walk and bicycle in the city I love, bedbugs and all.
Here are some pictures of Novi Sad, Serbia, I took while attending the Cinema City film festival.