I’m not a Facebook denizen. I don’t choose to lend my udders to a corporation, so they may milk them for advertising revenue. This choice has devalued me in the corporate Internet world. I can’t “like” their products or their self-aggrandizing pages. Lately, I’ve found, it is also impossible for me to post comments on many web-sites, including The Huffington Post. If I don’t have a “verified Facebook account”, I can’t use Facebook connect, which is required to leave comments. Of course, if I sign up for Facebook, and I use Facebook connect, then everything I read will be tracked by Facebook.
I know I am the sheep who won’t follow the flock, and soon they will turn me into mutton, because I’m too difficult to shepherd. I’m sure they will say it was for my own good. If allowed my freedom to roam, a far more violent fate would surely befall me.
I don’t want a Facebook account. Does that really make my point of view less valuable? The more they try to coerce me into signing up for Facebook, the more it feels like a corporate conspiracy, and the more I will resist.