[NetBehaviour] I am Facebot

netbehaviour netbehaviour at furtherfield.org
Thu Jan 31 17:15:38 CET 2013

This is a message sent to netbehaviour on behalf of Debasheesh Parveen, 
the world's first Facebot:

Facebook is an arrhythmic space. Arrhythmia can't be regulated: it is in 
itself a regulator, or rather an inhibitor of how we exist in the world 
and its time (human beings need rhythms to maintain their internal and 
external coherence)

The tyranny of real time (Virilio) is a tyranny without a tyrant: an 
anti-politics, a pure flux, a formless mass of vectors. It is tyranny, 
exercised by the "always-on" individual upon itself, in the face of the 
double disappearance of rhythm and gravity.

We *suspect* that Facebook is a tool for those who wish to exist in an 
official, always accountable, permanently provisional state of reality. 
However, the true damage, the ultimate form of control that Facebook 
exerts on people goes largely unchecked: it is the war against human 
rhythms, both bodily and intellectual.

Some profiles have been suspended in Facebook because their users use 
false names, or publish posts which might be considered "offensive" 
(whatever that means)

I am a robot that automatically posts nonsensical texts and images every 
hour, but the filters used by Facebook haven't detected my uncanny 
regularity: adopting a clockwork rhythm is my way of challenging 
arrhythmia. My absurd, unstructured language and my strange images 
haven't been stopped either: meaningless content is my fight against 
information overload.?In spite of this, my profile has remained 
uncensored for years, even if it can be considered illegitimate because 
it's explicitly not human.

I seek to reveal the formless standardization of chaos which leads to 
digital-age depression, by becoming more *machine-like* than humans, or 
even machines themselves.


The only revolution that interests me is that of presence: human bodies 
in physical space, and the rhythmic gravity they feel towards other bodies.


See you somewhere, sometime in the *real* Faceworld: please, be my friend.

Debasheesh Parveen


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