Facebook refusal: Hipster trend or activist movement?

April 12, 2013 by Courtney Bowe

Laura Portwood-Stacer, visiting assistant professor of media, culture, and communication at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, recently published a study of people who quit Facebook and how the media cover the phenomenon of Facebook "refusal."

"People have a variety of reasons for quitting or refusing a platform like Facebook," says Portwood-Stacer, "Yet many media accounts of the phenomenon portray quitters as hipsters or elitists. Even some of the refusers themselves describe their decision to quit in terms that make it sound like they're 'too cool' for Facebook."

But Portwood-Stacer asserts that many people have ethical and political concerns about media services like Facebook.

"While quitting may seem like an ideal solution, it's an individual strategy that doesn't necessarily result in structural changes to the ," Portwood-Stacer notes. "Those political and —about privacy, about exploitation, about user agency—go unaddressed."

The study, titled "Media Refusal and Conspicuous Non-Consumption: The Performative and Political Dimensions of Abstention," was published in New Media & Society.

Explore further: Facebook launches page for journalists

Related Stories

Facebook launches page for journalists

April 6, 2011

Facebook has launched a media resource page to help journalists use the social network as a reporting tool and better connect with their audience.

Italian tax police raid Facebook offices

December 7, 2012

Italian police on Friday raided the Milan offices of US social media giant Facebook over possible violations of tax laws, Italian media reported.

Recommended for you

Early human diet explains our eating habits

August 31, 2015

Much attention is being given to what people ate in the distant past as a guide to what we should eat today. Advocates of the claimed palaeodiet recommend that we should avoid carbohydrates and load our plates with red meat ...

Just how good (or bad) is the fossil record of dinosaurs?

August 28, 2015

Everyone is excited by discoveries of new dinosaurs – or indeed any new fossil species. But a key question for palaeontologists is 'just how good is the fossil record?' Do we know fifty per cent of the species of dinosaurs ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

rwinners
not rated yet Apr 12, 2013
Lots of people won't do FB. Lots more just lie like hell when the create an ID.
Personally, I just use FB to keep track of relatives and a few friends.
NO ONE OWES THE ON LINE BEASTS HONESTY!

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.