Ace of Spades, a fairly major conservative blogger, writes here that conservatives need to abandon Facebook.
What he misses though, probably because they’re all literally closed, secret and otherwise kept from public view, is that Facebook is where mothers, particularly the SAHMs conservatives make lots of noise about supporting, are arranging their playdates and finding childcare and cleaning help or doing swaps or looking for extra work doing those things, where they are buying and selling stuff, and all the other things that used to be on mailing lists but are increasingly on Facebook.
Small businesses have also stopped using their own webpages in many instances in favor of Facebook.
Women, especially mothers, are using Facebook to arrange IRL stuff, that’s why they can’t quit it. Find a way to make all these things as one-stop shop as Facebook is and craigslist used to be for selling and buying, and then people will exit en masse. Right now I see lots of people leaving, but not the ones who need Facebook for these arrangements. Just single people, and some older folks.
We now need social media to form social bonds locally because of breeding for antisocial and autistic tendencies. Plus, women are social creatures and that means they want socialness offline too. I’ve tried to join mommy-only startups, and photo-posting sites, and so on and so forth. But the critical mass never gets there, and it’s because these SAHMs can’t quickly set something up on their phones with ten different websites. But Facebook is integrated into every smartphone, so you can easily arrange everything from it.
Conservatives are really unwilling to confront the woman problem, which is not that women need to lead their political movements or even participate in them, but that they need to actually have a real space with status and support for women and they just plain won’t do it and then whine about the consequences of women taking on liberal alternatives that supply what they sorely need.
Draft, so very very open for discussion and disassembly.