Social Media, Wendell Berry, and Writing

John Carter confronts the question every writer I know is asking: how can I create an maintain a professional online presence without getting addicted and distracted by social media?

John E.K. Carter

I came across a blog post at Terrain.org yesterday highlighting something I’ve been struggling with lately, and felt was worth sharing. The post is by Megan Kimble, and in it, she explains her conflict with a cell phone salesmen trying to convince her to upgrade to a smart phone. This anecdote broadens into a discussion of Wendell Berry and his own mixed views of technology.

Kimble highlights a quote by Berry about where one draws the line with regards to technology use, saying, “It is plain to me that the line ought to be drawn without fail wherever it can be drawn easily. And it ought to be easy to refuse to buy what one does not need.”

Enter my own problems.

I love social media. Love it.

I love the feeling of being connected, being recognized, and being able to recognize others. Seriously, I can’t emphasize how wonderful…

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