… A manifesto that will force you to examine your life spent on any of the social networks. It’s called Wages for Facebook and it was created by Laurel Ptak. If you go to the website wagesforfacebook.com, you will see scrolling text (that you cannot control the speed of and is really annoying) in capped black lettering like this:
This could be called “Wages for Twitter” or Tumblr or Instagram. It’s not about the platform. It’s about our unexamined relationship to them and how our refusal to look at what we consider “fun” and “being connected” is making a very small group of people rich. We give away our photos, personal information, our likes and dislikes, our opinions, our ideas because we want to connect to other human beings. I do it for free and I expect other people to do it for free and very few of us are being paid and maybe if we put a price on all of it, we’d be more careful with our words and we’d value our relationships more. Or maybe we don’t want to put a price on our relationships because doing that would negatively alter them. I don’t know. That’s why this is so provocative. The ramifications are enormous.
I hope you read the manifesto and I hope it makes you think as much as it made me think.
Further Reading: Wages for Facebook by E.Alex Jung in Dissent Magazine
(H/T Jacob Wren)