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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Power of Zuck

Clara & Swiffer
"Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own..."

Yesterday, I announced that I was dropping my zuckface account so that I could make time for other things, like walking, writing, and reading. I forgot to mention home repair projects. Turns out, I'm pretty good with a Dremel (a little buzzy saw). Boring stuff really, but I haven't been able to get a handle on these activities because I've spent so much time navigating and maintaining my facebook account.

I want to reiterate that I am a proponent of online communications and the development of social media. I'm just not a proponent of procrastinating and wasting time. I'm Borgish in a purpose-driven, efficiency-focused, task-oriented sort of way when it comes to allocating my time during the day. At night, I collapse into a heap of goo, but during the day, I am productive. Although, it has been both gratifying and fun to reconnect with long lost family and friends, there are just so many hours in the day that I am willing to spend managing my zuckface account.

I am following the momentum from last year that started when I disconnected from virtual reality. Too many hours chained to a computer and the tunnel vision required to complete animation projects pushed me toward the realization that as much as I enjoyed the work, and as good as I was at doing it, I did not want to spend the rest of my productive years married to my Mac. Plus, I think I ruined my eyesight, my hair got grayer, and my butt migrated to my abdomen because of my weirdly shaped ergonomic chair. My run at VR was over, and I shifted my focus to healthier, more concrete Swiffering. (Swiffer owners know what I mean.)

Breaking away from the zuckersphere has been interesting! I left my profile active today so that people on my friends list would have a chance to see my status update and know that I am changing venues. Fb got the axe because I'm tired of managing my privacy settings, which as it turns out, is one of the reasons why facebook's customer satisfaction rating is in the bottom 5 percent of all measured private sector companies (according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, July 2010).  Right down there with the airlines and cable companies.

However, I'm still hearing the mother ship calling me back to the collective...Shhhhsh, Zuckerborg homing device! Like Seven of Nine, I still have a few zuck implants left in me, but my humanity is starting to reassert itself. 

Live long and Swiffer!