Alison Garwood Jones

Saying no is hard

January 7, 2015

For writers, social media is like a hole in a tire. It’s a drain on your energy, productivity and ability to sustain a thought.

Sometimes the leak is slow and silent (like the daily Facebook checkin). Other times (Rob Ford), it’s this giant fucking “POP!” Afterwards, you’re left with a big flabby thing that won’t turn. Not the ex-mayor, silly, your inspiration.

All of this would explain the parade of writers who publicly announce their impending estrangement from Twitter. It’s like giving up chicken wings. Or sex. Many of them conduct farewell tours, but are back online in a month.

Their jitters during withdrawal were bad. One can only conclude that being unhappy online is preferable to being unhappy offline.




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