Dorothy Howard, author of the latest pro-Facebook article on Rhizome, wrote this on her Facebook page:
Just published an essay where I use the example of Facebook Groups to argue that opting out of Facebook also involves a disavowal of crucial forms of vernacular culture and solidarity. Hi Facebook! I love you, despite it all..
In case you are missing the logic of this, it is:
Despite widely-circulated criticisms of Facebook as a privacy-blasting, government-spying, family-stalking, commercially-motivated attention-suckhole, significant numbers of naive souls continue to use it, thinking it's a place for democratic or even radical political or artistic organizing. We don't call them naive souls, we call them "the people," and as radicals ourselves we do not want to appear aloof from anything someone else perceives, rightly or wrongly, as democratic. So Howard urges not just a tolerant attitude towards Facebook stooges but becoming stooges ourselves by creating semi-ironic Facebook groups to discuss radical art and politics.
We can never be un-entitled enough. Help the people by helping Mark Zuckerberg -- he'll thank you for it.