Gothtopia

The Gothic Council on Maintaining Facebook Sanity

The illustrious, honorable, and not at all to be taken seriously Gothic Council went on a membership drive this week, seeking the cream of the goth world for their inspiring insights into every day life... Or I just grabbed the first six people I found in my newsfeed. One of those.

The reason for all the new blood is that a lot of the regular contributors to this column have deleted their Facebooks or simply no longer choose to login, and Facebook is where the Gothic Council meets. While some did it to eliminate a distraction while they started work on new projects, the most common response I get when asked is, "Because of all the drama."

And drama, it do abound. I dare you to find a single person who didn't unfriend or get unfriended by a Facebook acquaintance over the clucstercluck that was the Chick-Fil- debate. The world of the internet seems increasingly hostile, and a fair number of people have decided to just opt out of social networking all together to relieve the hassle of fighting with people over politics, religion, animals, and One Direction.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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