Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Please Don't Like This Blog

Of course you should like this blog, and get all of your friends and acquaintances to like it, and make me famous and, eventually, rich. But please don’t “like” it.

I am so unutterably tired of being exhorted by everything, including human-rights groups and clothing stores, to “like” them on Facebook, thus demonstrating to the world that I am one of 100 people who visited their site and clicked on a blue icon with an “f” in it.

Because—let’s be very clear here—that’s all it shows. It doesn’t—it can’t—indicate any sort of special feeling, any passionate bond of empathy. And if you don’t “like” something, that doesn’t stop, or prevent, you from liking it—in the ever-so-retro way of actually having an appreciation for it—which you don’t need to advertise in order for it to be true.

It seems to me that people like my blog when they visit it regularly and/or post comments, and that people like me when they demonstrate their fondness for me through their everyday actions. But a stupid blue button is neither an adequate substitute for nor a necessary embellishment of those real gestures and emotions.

I realize this entry is uncharacteristically un-zoological in nature. But this is something that’s been rankling in me for some time now, and I just had to get it out—you know, in words and phrases, the way our ancestors did before the invention of online social media. (Although, I have to say, if there were a “dislike” button available…)

So thanks for reading, and feel free to like or dislike this post. No technology necessary.

{A note: I do write all text and take all pictures. Please do not reproduce either without my permission.}


Anca Vlasopolos said...

You crack me up, kiddo!

biobabbler said...


I gladly ignore nearly all requests to "like" someone. Seldom have I complied with such requests: my wonderful (and super hard working, big-hearted) yoga teacher, & the super local, independently-owned coffee shop. Both are good for me and the planet and the community.

I promise I won't like your blog. I'll just visit and delight in it, button-free.

Anonymous said...

I like the last photo of Great Island in Wellfleet. I know you did not like the heat or bugs the day we hiked there. You did like the fiddler crabs. I know because you wrote a post about it.

Olivia V. Ambrogio said...

I also told you as much! Let's not pretend I save all my thoughts, enthusiasms, and rants for the blog.

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