Facebook is credited with helping foment revolution, but a 29 year-old Occupy organizer doesn't even use it.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Facebook and Twitter have been credited with helping protesters organize from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, but one of the key organizers of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement rejects these technologies, according to an article in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine about the origins of Occupy Wall Street.
Micah White, a 29 year-old senior editor at Adbusters magazine is a reluctant user of e-mail and Twitter, and is not on Facebook at all, the article states. Indeed a brief 2008 essay from White on Adbusters's website urges readers to commit "Facebook Suicide."
"By turning members into consumers who involuntarily advertise to their friends, Facebook hoped to extract profit from social interactions," White wrote. "However, by commercializing friendships, Facebook has irrevocably destroyed its image. Now a vanguard of the anti-Facebook movement is developing out of an increasing disenchantment. No longer a fun, harmless place to hang out, Facebook has become just another commercial enterprise."
According to The New Yorker White's "position has softened since the time when he believed in what he calls 'the Heideggerian critique of technology--that it turns us into empty matter for the exportation of capitalism.'" Reflecting on all the e-mails he received when the "Occupy" movement began growing, White told the magazine "it feels like a denial-of-service attack against my brain."
Asked by The Huffington Post to advise activists and protesters how to make "the biggest impact online," White said he has "been a trenchant critic of what I call 'clicktivism.'
Occupy Wall Street worked precisely because no one thought it would work. We did not engage in that kind of online petition signing or any of that kind of stuff. We used Twitter hash tags and social networking to get the word out, but we then took a square," White said.
Of the "Occupy" protests, he added, "it's really important to experience this in person in the real world."
White declined an interview request from TheStreet.
-- Written by Dan Freed in New York. Follow this writer on twitter.