Really, the subject line says it all. I’ve found myself feeling thoroughly burned out on facebook these days, with its desultory “likes” (why isn’t there an option for “dislike”?), its glimpses into the minutiae of friends’ everyday lives, the newsfeed that allows you to crawl through this minutiae, the sense that everyone is so stressed about being clever or original or performative or the purveyor of the next new thing. I find myself thinking more and more about Bourdieu’s Distinction and all the ways in which social networking encourages us to participate in processes of distinction and, in a sense, ratchets up the ante for doing so in characters of 40 or less or whatever.
But, you say, what’s a blog then anyway? Hey, I’m not saying I’m immune . . .