Too-long FB status.

Jessica Smith feels pangs of guilt for being on FB instead of reading a good book and thus contributing to a post-literate society.  But FB does require literacy– it’s like reading a constantly updated, never-ending book that you can’t reread & that changes based on who/how many write it. & though simultaneity and succession bond all reading at a basic level, FB’s constant stream and dependence on memory (since rereading is limited) makes it more of a successive art like music.


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4 Responses to Too-long FB status.

  1. Jennifer says:

    Perfection. And now back to FB. 🙂

  2. Oh, cool. Yeah. What she said. Or Nietzsche. NBTFB

  3. yesisaidyesiwillyes says:

    Yes, I think it’s all you say it is (although I don’t do it myself, just look over people’s shoulders). But maybe it’s also like going out to a beach and looking at the ocean all day. More aptly, the froth of the surf. I love doing that, but sometimes, I think, I gotta go hike a trail, or even climb a hill.

  4. RD Pohl says:

    The models our culture has for literacy are in a constant state of flux, and while I’m skeptical that FB is capable of producing a fundamental change in human consciousness, it has and is fundamentally changing the way writers and other “mind-workers” think through their “gedanken expertimenten.” By the power invested in me by Google, I hereby absolve you of your social networking guilt…

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