Why I Like Lexie Mountain Better Than Facebook

I got on Facebook, grudgingly, or rather was put there, was corralled there, a couple months ago. I agreed to do it, really, to see what was the fuss.

I got on Facebook and I watched as text collected, piling up on my page, or wall, strewn about like paragraphs after a plane crash, sentences without legs, disembodied phrases, words I wasn't even sure I could identify.

I resisted. I tried to look away. But eventually, I gave in to the assault on the paragraph.

It shall be the hallmark of this yet young century that we shall no longer be forced to bear the burden of entire paragraphs in order to relate to one another, to impart emotion, to document the events of the day, to pass along the wisdom of generations past and to leave for our descendants a record of their past, of their foundation.

Once such lessons were only learned under the weight of voluminous sheafs of paper. The Bible? The Torah? The Lord of the Rings? Those books are huge! Even the Gettysburg Address took minutes and minutes and minutes to deliver. But modern technology allows us to pass along information without such fancy-pants accessories as vowels and punctuation. No longer must we carry our prose around in burlap bags. Why, words will fit inside a pill box so very tidily! As Grg Sntyn sd, those who dnt lrn hstry r doom 2 repeat.

I dunno. Really? I just like to write.

So anyway, the evercool Lexie Mountain is doing an interview project on her blog and asked me to participate. That's what prompted me to start the High Bias interviews, which I'll continue to post here at least through the end of the year. Lexie's'll be coming. She promised.

So, yes, blogs are better than effbooks and tweets. But I will say two things. I don't like how they go bottom-up chronology. And I don't like how if you save a draft, it uses that date as the publish date. I'm sure there's a way to fix that, but figuring out things that are virtual is kind of boring.

(Photo of me with the Lexie Mountain Boys on the back porch at WFMU, taken by Trent Wolbe when the Boys were on my show. Listen to it at here.)


Kurt said...

Burglar leaves his Facebook page on victim’s computer

MARTINSBURG - The popular online social networking site Facebook helped lead to an alleged burglar's arrest after he stopped check his account on the victim's computer, but forgot to log out before leaving the home with two diamond rings.

Jonathan G. Parker, 19, of Fort Loudoun, Pa., was arraigned Tuesday one count of felony daytime burglary.

According to court records, Deputy P.D. Ware of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department responded on Aug. 28 to the victim's home after she reported the burglary.

She told police that someone had broken into her home through a bedroom window.

There were open cabinets in her garage, and other signs of a burglar.

The victim later noticed that the intruder also used her computer to check his Facebook status, and his account was still open when she checked the computer.

The victim later noticed that she was missing two diamond rings from her dresser in the same room as her computer.

The two rings were worth more than $3,500, reports indicate.

During the investigation, a friend of the victim told her that he knew where Parker was staying, in the same area as the victim's house.

Police then went to the home and spoke with a friend of Parker's.

The man said Parker had stopped by his home occasionally, but he said the man didn't live there.

He also said that the night before the burglary, Parker asked him if he wanted to help break into the victim's home but he refused.

As of Tuesday evening, Parker remained in custody at the Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bail.

If convicted he faces one to 10 years in prison.


Kurt said...

See, I totally don't get effbook. I said that, right? Like, a friend of mine just wrote me through effbook to tell me that he liked my post here about how I am anti it. He didn't post to my blog. He didn't just freakin' email me for the love of God. It had to go through freakin' Facebook. Why? WHY?

I don't care. I'll just keep writing to myself here.

Here's what he said:

"This is my blog. I'm writing some paragraph but it's not really a blog. It's a facebook message to you. I like your essay about facebook. My blog is about what I just read in Counterpunch by Alesxander Cockburn about gossip in the media. Now, our friend the Stalinist apologist might not like looking at pictures of Kate Hudson or whatever, but I do. I don't care if the 70s were some halcyon years of wonder - I was all about Ginger and Mary Ann back then. Well, I guess they were halcyon years of wonder. Kurt - don't you remember the 70s fondly? Everything was better - even the toothpaste tasted better... uh... probably. And Yogie and Crumpy were alive. When they made those two, they broke the mold. I'm tellin' ya. But really Kurt... wasn't Mr. Cockburn just saying that the National Enquirer was great because it had the balls to bust Edwards guy - was that his first name or his last? - who was fuckin' some chick while his wife had cancer? I just don't get it. I'm pretty fired up about it. But really, instead of blogging, I should send you this letter I wrote over a sketch of a turkey I drew for Nicolas like... 20 months ago or something. Anyway, Urania wants to know if you are in Toronto. Are you?