[NetBehaviour] The Digital Resurrectionists

James Wallbank james at lowtech.org
Mon Feb 15 10:56:31 CET 2010

I don't have a Facebook page. I don't want one.

However, I keep getting sent invitations to join Facebook, purporting to 
be from friends or colleagues.

Facebook fails to disclose their email address, thus denying me key 
knowledge about how to get in touch with them without resorting to a 
clunky and advert-saturated web interface. The phrase which springs to 
mind (and I apologise for my crude language, but it is entirely 
appropriate) is, "Fuck you, information bottleneckers!"

That Facebook fails to disclose this most basic piece of contact 
information betrays their opportunism - but it appears that their 
cynicism doesn't end there.

This in my InBox today:

"Reminder: Allan Kaprow invited you to join Facebook..."

Allan Kaprow
Invite sent:
Mar 12, 2008

The performance artist Allan Kaprow, pictured in the Facebook email 
contact, died on April 5, 2006.

Kaprow himself said, "In this context of achievement-and-death, artists 
who make Happenings are living out the purest melodrama. Their activity 
embodies the myth of nonsuccess, for Happenings cannot be sold and taken 
home; they can only be supported..."

Best Regards,


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