TLASILA Blog: A forum for all things related (and of interest) to the experimental collective To Live and Shave in L.A. Founded by Tom Smith in May 1990, TLASILA is antithesis, energized at the juncture of aesthetic revulsion. Genre is obsolete.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Leaving Social Media on January 31 (or a few days earlier or later, depending)
(Amended 28 Jan 18.) (And again on 15 Feb 18.)
I've decided to take the leap and quit social media. I find it purposeless and deeply banal, a mere dopamine release mechanism. Bonuses: addiction, immense swathes of wasted time, expurgating communication to garner ephemeral approval and skew valorization, staring at one's fucking phone for hours on end. Being a whore, however, I'll not delete my various accounts altogether; they'll rest in a state of deactivation, lest lolling squatters descend.
To offer a strictly static, promo-only alternative, Karl Schmidt has established a Tom Smith artist page on Facebook. It's not much now, just a few bits of information, but it'll be updated on occasion. Go here. It has been taken down by Facebook, at least for now. I can't imagine why, but perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I'm neither a Russian bot nor white supremacist. Those social media faves always seem to survive unscathed.
The lights go out on my public Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts as soon as possible - there's a concert on the 3rd of February I'm promoting (Merkwürdig Riechnerv, with Danish/Spanish collaborative project Paula in support), and as soon as that's done, I'm over and out.
I want to get back to the blog, to unfettered writing, to human contact in the meatsphere.
And so I shall.
15 Feb: Still harvesting data (addresses and certain posts) from FB. Deleted it, Instagram and Twitter from my devices, however. It's a slog.