Farewell, Facebook

Facebook has been a problematic dumpster fire for a long, long time, and while I’ve rage-deactivated my account several times in the past (then masochistically gone back for another punch in the face), I’m hoping that this time the dead will stay dead. 💀

In parting, I took a few more “friends of the church” screenshots this week. May they serve as a dystopian memorial service slideshow of sorts:

While Twitter and Instagram (the latter unfortunately owned by Facebook, but pick your battles 🤷‍♂️) certainly have their issues as well, neither has come anywhere close to Big Blue in terms of negative effects on my real-world friendships (ranging from disappointment to outright loss of all respect). As a former journalism student, I also have some pretty strong feelings about their algorithmic news feed.

Anyway, if you’ve been having similar feelings, I have a few suggestions (take or leave ’em):

  • Deactivate your Facebook account: You can still use Messenger even if you do so, and (as I sadly know too well) you’ll always have the option to come back again. If you’re just in the market for uplifting kid and pet photos, most people you know are already also posting on Instagram, where you can view their stuff (for the most part) without simultaneously drowning in propaganda memes and Breitbart screeds.

You’ve got this! 💫

Postcards From The Edge

I’m a broken record regarding my disappointment with our local church’s whack-a-mole approach to the growing threat of misinformation, science denial, creepy/racist theocratic propaganda and general media illiteracy.

With this situation poised to get significantly worse over the next few months, rather than regurgitate my usual ominous song and dance, I’ll just let this updated batch of church and “friends of the church” Facebook posts (an irrelevant distinction given the medium) speak for themselves.

“Enjoy” I…guess? Here we go:



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Weekend Watches

It’s been nearly a month since I expanded my Kyle’s Junk Drawer email newsletter to twice a week for paid subscribers, and I’m excited to keep the ball rolling with the addition of a new “Weekend Watches” issue every Friday.

These issues will be short and sweet, and designed to help provide some guidance as you stare slack-jawed into the “what should I watch tonight?” pandemic void.

The first one will come out later this week, and (along with Wednesday issues) will be available to all existing paid subscribers. If you’re not already signed up, I’m bringing back the special discount for new subscribers through 9/30:

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