July 1, 2008
Ze Frank at the Helm
A while ago Ze Frank posted an offer on his blog: Give me your Facebook credentials, tell me a little bit about yourself, and I’ll impersonate you for a week.
Obvs lots of people thought this sounded awesome.
One of them was a girl named Christine, who’s now documented the experience. Ze didn’t do anything crazy — just sort of poked around, it seems — but I love love love Christine’s final analysis:
and finally, you should know that the week i had off from facebook was probably one of my best weeks in recent memory. i know it sounds absurd, but not being able to spend hours trolling facebook (during work, on my iphone, at home while watching a movie/tv show/talking to my roommates, before i dozed off to bed) left me with so much time to… read. think. run. write. do nothing. etc. in that week, i realized the extent to which i was addicted to this thing - my virtual world of friends and updates and identity molding… things that, during my week off, i didn’t MISS, but felt relieved to not have to deal with. when taken away from me, this thing i spent so much time with - my facebook reality (it pains me to have to write thos words) - felt so trivial, meaningless and inconsequential.
Emphasis mine. There’s your litmus test, right there. Take it away, and how much does it matter? A lot of the internet — not all, but a lot — falls on the lame side of the ledger right now.
I still miss The Show, though.