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.