Like an abusive partner, Facebook has convinced us that we have no options and that we will never be able to live without it. We had a chance with Ella and we blew it, you idiot that we are. We are now tied to collecting content for Mark Zuckerberg until and after the day of our death, to the point that there is no point in doing things unless we invent and edit the main thing we do, and that is staring on the phone in quiet despair.
The social network “Minus” predicts the opposite scenario: 100 posts, and that’s it, for life. Out. This must be California.
It is the latest from artist Ben Grosser, the creator Endless Doomscroller, an endless array of general violent headlines and a tool for it disable TikTok’s “for you” algorithm. If Facebook is a house of horrors, Minus is a Quaker house. Without an interface, the feed is just minimal white text. As Grosser described it in an e-mail to Gizmod, “no likes, no tracking, no feed algorithms, no accumulation of metrics – just a small number of posts left for each user.” The only interactive function is the response field.
Surprisingly, noise filtering noticeably lowers your heart rate and forces you to slow down and evaluate each post equally according to its values (by reading it). When they are limited to meals, people are lovely crazy, nihilistic and insane. No colorful accessories, no NITA, no “personal news”, no headline news about dying gorillas (Facebook, this morning), no more rib-compressed bras on sale (also Facebook this morning).
Here is a poet, on khaki:
Like stones hard
I have no words today
So I pushed and squeezed
The longest time
Eventually I came upstairs
With this little rhyme
The television is on, but I don’t watch it.
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I’m trying to drink
fluid every day
When I can.
The body as a civil,
No one becomes precious here. General the strategy seems to be like that go through the number of posts. There is no point.
This model has drawbacks. Britney may not be free, and Fyre Fest may never have attracted a bunch of budding influencers to FEMA huts. But met is possible, although I cannot confirm, that more exciting and relevant things could have happened in a world that has accepted the Minus approach.
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