Not a single of my favorite writers have a Facebook page and there must be some reason for that. Chances are, aside from the one that Cormac McCarthy's publisher maintains, they don't need or want one. "Well most of your favorite writers are dead Bretton' you say. Well, that's true. Would Charles Bukowski have had one? I think not. He would have chided it as a time waster; something that only served to waste a person's real existence on the planet. Fans? Sure, there are a few, but the relationship between the Artist and the Audience should be a 1 to 0 relationship. I no longer want to be subjected to targeted advertising based on what I have 'liked' or posts that I have commented on. That's for someone else. When I did the math, I realized that with the amount of time I spent on the damn site, I could have written an entire novel in 6 months. It goes the way of a time-vampire and people don't even realize it. The site doesn't offer anything except some ridiculous means by which people are encouraged, nay required to move themselves into a state of meaningless 'likes' which only serves to give them the false sense that the people (many of whom they have never actually had a real conversation with) actually truly give a crap about what they had for dinner, or that the fur-ball their cat happened to vomit looks like the Virgin Mary.
I want real relationships with real people, not vapid ones with people I hardly know, and if that means I have to go the way of having only 5-10 REAL bonafide friends who I actually interact with on a semi-regular basis, then that is what it means. The unfortunate truth is, lately when I've logged in, I find much of the things my so-called-friends post is a bunch of drivel...see, it has served no other purpose but to make me prone to snap judgments and do what I can to avoid commenting on the ridiculousness of the place. A bunch of likes? Perish the thought of that as a necessity in my life. I don't want to be targeted for advertisements anymore. Much of what I get via Facebook is outside the purview of my interests anyway. So, I've decided to delete my account altogether and keep this site as the main contact point. So, if you're one of the real friends of mine (and you know who you are) you've already got the email and phone number. If I hear from you, I'll make it a point to actually see you in person. This time next Friday
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