Social media getting you down? This cautionary tale by Tulia Thompson is republished from her blog Pasifikan in Aotearoa.
The Facebook: a cautionary tale of silliness for writers and artists
And the things I was planning today have flown away like gulls.
AND I GET INTENSELY ANGRY
and pulled into a misogynistic opinion piece…
and write an eloquent & condescending comment (which takes quite a while)
HA HA TAKE THAT AND THAT
and then I Like some stuff…
and then I spend even longer chatting to someone I don’t really like… that much
throwing away my time like bird seed thrown to pigeons.
then I find an AMAZING and COMPELLING blog post that describes me PERFECTLY and PROFOUNDLY
and then I am exhausted.
and I need some quiet, calming alone-time.
and then I find solace in Earl Grey tea and natural light.
So when you meet the face book
stop and greet her (if you must) but move quickly until she is out of sight
About the author – Tulia Thompson
I am a New Zealand-born Fijian/ Tongan/ Pakeha queer feminist writer, living in Aotearoa. I blog about social issues, my day-to-day experiences, politics, gender, culture, books, activism and writing process.
I recently passed my Phd in Sociology. My doctoral thesis is called “Queer Lives in Fiji” and is about the marginalization of sexual minorities in Fiji. My academic interests are in post-colonial studies and queer theory, and intersectional feminism. I am currently working on turning thesis chapters into journal articles.
I studied Creative Writing under Witi Ihimaera and Albert Wendt in 1998. My children’s novel (ages 9-12) Josefa and the Vu, was published in 2007. I am currently working on a collection of poetry and short fiction.