In short, I am uncomfortable with the way the bulk of my online existence is being used to make money for others.
I’m taking small steps to make sure my life, thoughts, and images will no longer be used as glue designed to hold your interest to a stream of carefully selected adverts made to exploit your need to feel connected to other people.
Here’s where I’m starting:
I currently work in communications for a large academic institution. My job is getting relevant content in front of the right audience. Sometimes that messaging is best placed on social media, but doing it professionally keeps my eyes open to vast amount of thought and effort given to making users feel that businesses, organisations, and influencers are their friends. That’s almost never true.
If you were to experience a social media stream in the real world it would be like your friend stopping suddenly between stories, delivering an advert in someone else’s voice, and returning immediately to their train of thought. That’s some creepy Black Mirror stuff. I don’t want my personal content to to be part of that.