Jeremy Sarber writes about the comparison of social media to a “public town square.”
If today’s social media is the public town square, I’m ready to build a cabin in the woods or join a monastery on a Himalayan cliff. I’ll volunteer myself for ex-communication and ride off into the sunset. Long before Facebook, Jesus advised his disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while” (Mk 6:31). He could say the same to those of us who waste every spare moment hunched over a smartphone.
I can’t say that I disagree with Sarber on this score, but I’m also not doing an exemplary job of staying away from the socials. Sure, I left Twitter when Musk took over and haven’t looked back, but I probably spend more time on Mastodon and Micro.blog than I should.
Source: Our modern ‘public town square’ isn’t ideal