The End of Facebook

At least it’s the end of Facebook for me. I’m not so full of myself to think that if I stop posting, Facebook will collapse. In fact, it’s not totally the end of Facebook for me. I still have friends I want to keep in touch with, and I use it as a means to promote our local Toastmasters club, Arthur Storer Toastmasters. So I’m not going to disappear entirely.

I guess that makes the title wrong in every sense of the word. It is merely sensationalist. My bad.

What I am going to stop doing is conducting lengthy political debates there. As I indicated in my first post here, Facebook is not a great forum for debates. At its best, there are some detailed discussions, with links to appropriate articles and videos. These take a long time to scroll through, and just don’t look right amidst all the one-line comments and shout outs.

At its worst, political debates on Facebook quickly become diatribes, bickering like I remember from second grade, or efforts to explain my position when people misinterpret what I say or spin it in a totally different direction. This seems to be a favorite tactic of a lot of debaters. When Facebook discussions raise multiple points, or when one person tries to respond to multiple disparate comments, any sense of order quickly dissolves.

With a blog, I can avoid a lot of that. It’s much easier to read a blog post on WordPress than it is on Facebook, where it is squeezed between ads on either side of the page. I can take my time and fully explain myself, so there is less time discussing what people think I said and more time debating what I actually said.

As I indicated when I started this, Facebook is more the equivalent of the man standing on the corner and ranting (Speaker’s Corner in London, for those familiar with it). People walk by, listen for a few seconds, maybe get into a shouting match.

What I hope to do here is invite these people to sit down and have a discussion. Hence the virtual bar analogy.

So, if I think I can correct a point with a one-sentence reply and one link, I will continue to do that. If my point needs to be made in a longer form, I will write a blog here and link to it on Facebook.

I hope you will take the time to follow me over to here and engage in debates. Enjoy the distraction-free environment, and take the time to make your case.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Facebook discussions don’t go into enough depth. “Like” if you agree!

I scan Facebook a lot less than I used to. It may be because I can’t look at it at work, and it may be because once I do, I get sucked into a lot of the discussions. What I had been posting on Facebook were usually responses to current events comments and memes. Some of the posts were long, and the responses were long, either because someone was going into more depth, someone was presenting a lot of facts, or someone was simply ranting.

When I responded to a post, I wanted to go into depth and get beyond the sound bite that only addressed the topic superficially. Unfortunately, I don’t think Facebook is the ideal platform for protracted discussions. So, I thought about starting a blog. I thought about it a while ago, but never got my round tuit. The blog day has finally arrived.

When discussions and dialogue are concerned, Facebook is more like Speaker’s Corner in London; people stand up and shout at a mostly apathetic crowd, and occasionally someone gets in a shouting match with the speaker. I hope this blog has more of the feel of “Hey, let me buy you a beer and we’ll talk about this in the bar.” We can make the conversation more in depth and have solid discussions without distractions from other Facebook items and from its simplistic editor.

For now, the blog will be somewhat irregular, until I get in a rhythm, and until I learn more about WordPress and all the clever things I can do with it. I hope my Facebook friends will follow me here and will contribute to the discussions. Let me know what you think. Thanks for indulging me!