in the past two weeks, i've become aware of The Pivot: the insidious, semiconscious way in which i've begun using instagram to seek validation, rather than as a platform to blast interesting images into the cosmos. in other words, my half-serious quest for the audience that i [vainly] think i deserve has really just produced a half-known crowd that i'm both thankful for and leery of alienating. however, i'm finally writing again, and i'm doing some of my first legitimate research since i finished grad school. i hope to have something coherent soon, but as i immerse myself in the attention economy, variable rewards, and the cabal that's commodifying our consciousness--not because it's evil, but because it's trapped by its own business model--it occurred to me that i could crowdsource some of the anecdotal evidence. so, what drives you nuts about this platform, or about yourself when you use it? emailed answers are preferable--mostly so i can delete this app for a bit [and inevitably relapse]. I'd feel ashamed to disclose that last part, but I keep coming back to this quote by Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google: "You could say that it’s my responsibility, but that’s not acknowledging that there’s a thousand people on the other side of the screen whose job is to break down whatever responsibility I can maintain." Val looks rull pretty in this picture, though.