It’s time for We, the People, to destroy Facebook’s overwhelming power — and the parable of the wheat and chessboard reveals that we have power too.
I’m wrapping up my presence on Facebook. This is not because of privacy concerns. I’ve always understood that, when it comes to Facebook, the reason it’s “free” for me to use is because Facebook feeds off of my information.
Instead, I’m quitting Facebook because I’m deeply disturbed by the power that Facebook has come to have in America, especially when it comes to controlling news and imposing its will on America’s political beliefs. No one entity should have that kind of power.
A lot of people have been saying that Congress should break up Facebook or regulate it as a common carrier. Those are good ideas, but at the rate Congress moves, it will still be debating that issue right up until Facebook has ensured that a Democrat candidate wins the 2020 presidency, at which point the issue will vanish.
There’s a different way to destroy Facebook’s power: We, the People, can do something.
We’ve voluntarily affiliated ourselves with Facebook and we can voluntarily leave. That’s what I’m doing on my real-me Facebook. I will survive not seeing pictures of my friends’ children, meals, and travels. Also, I will probably have lower blood pressure not seeing my hard Leftist friends say their hard Leftist things. Most importantly, I will no longer be Facebook’s fool (or do I mean tool?).
I’m switching to MeWe.com, which claims to be all about privacy. I don’t believe that. I know I’ll still be the commodity and that, if enough of us end up on MeWe, then that company will have inherited Facebook’s scary power. For now, though, MeWe is so small I’m not worried . . . yet. I’ll still have a social media platform and I know that the friends who matter will find me there. I had a fine life before social media and I’ll have a fine life after it — and when MeWe, which is Leftist too, starts to aggregate too much power, we’ll cross that bridge as well.
Regarding whether my actions make a difference, I don’t know. I’m only one person. But I’m one person with a little bit of a bully pulpit in the form of this blog. I’m also one person who knows the “Parable of the Wheat and Chessboard.” [Read more…]