Alan Sondheim on Sun, 3 Nov 2019 22:31:03 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Facebook

The loss is more important to me; the community functions as best an online community can. I'm connected with all sorts of other networks as well such as Furtherfield, ELO, etc. What I find worse and more problematic is the university system including publications - I can't afford most books that are advertised for example (which is why the Alexandria project was so important for me); I go to conferences if I can get a stipend, etc. American intellectual life is more of a divide for a lot of people than Fb.

(Of course it also depends how intelligently one uses Fb; I put in a lot of controls, use blocking, etc.)

- Alan

On Sun, 3 Nov 2019, Frederic Neyrat wrote:

Thanks Alan! But I've a question, I try to formulate it... Let's say:?

1/ FB enables to create a "community," that's good for sure;?
2/ but in the same time, it destroys?the condition of the possibility of
community/togetherness/Gemeinwesen/?tre-ensemble, etc. For instance, in making
possible the election of people whose main goal is to destroy any
community/being-in-common (note that I do not consider being quantified and
recombined by algorithms a good way to generate some being-in-common).

So, in the end, I understand?that something would be lost by leaving FB -
hence my first question! - but would it be possible to say that the loss is
even more important while not quitting FB?

My best,


On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 11:14 AM Alan Sondheim <> wrote:

      I'm on it because there are a number of new media
      including myself who form somewhat of a community - it's a way
      distribute work, especially if one's not in academia or media
      It's brutally flawed but also useful and it gives more scope to
      work than Instagram.


      On Sun, 3 Nov 2019, Frederic Neyrat wrote:

      > Hi,
      > I'd like to know if some people on this list - be they
      > environmentalists, artists, thinkers, contributors - are
      (still) on Facebook
      > and if yes, why, being given the extreme noxiousness of this
      "social" (?)
      > network.
      > republicans-right
      > is not the reason of my email, but its occasion.
      > Thanks in advance for your light on this matter,
      > Frederic Neyrat

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