Hype Aversion to Facebook & Twitter, Nod to Evgeny Morozov's "The Net Delusion"

Leave it to the folks at the Urban Dictionary (who sometimes seem to have too much time on their hands: check out the P-words and you’ll get an idea of what I mean) to come up with a term for my response to the constant Facebook/Twitter tweets coming from the moronic media talking heads: Hype Aversion. Definition: “Rejection of an insanely popular idea, game, show, place etc. simply because it is so insanely popular.” That’s me all right. Although of course I’d say it’s more than “simply because it is so insanely popular,” more so because we hear about it too much. Frank Rich has a good piece about the myth of Facebook/Twitter’s power in today’s NY Times, specifically debunking the twin bogus “Twitter Revolutions” of Iran and Egypt. He also mentions Evgeny Morozov’s “The Net Delusion,” which sounds right up my socialnetwork-skeptical alley:

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