Apparently Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (referred to around the office as “AOC”) is quitting Facebook.
And somehow (don’t ask us to rationalize it), she also evidently believes this to be news the world really wants to read. Someone should probably let her know that people have been quitting Facebook in droves (let’s face it: it isn’t exactly a revolutionary action at this point).
In the process of what felt an awful lot like another Millennial tantrum, she inadvertently outed herself as potentially being…well, let’s call it unwell.
Could this explain her out-of-left field ideals? Is her time in the spotlight wearing away her strength and mental wellness? Maybe it’s time for AOC to step down and let someone with a bit more experience take the helm.
- AOC spoke with Yahoo’s Skullduggery podcast early this week. “I personally gave up on Facebook,” she said, “which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook. And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave up on it.”
- When asked to clarify her reasoning, she chose to turn her sights outward rather than taking responsibility for her use of the platform. “I think it has effects on everybody,” she said. “Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism.”
- Was AOC saying social media made her experience these very symptoms? It certainly seems so. Shortly before the close, she also took aim at sites like Facebook directly, labeling them “a public health risk to everybody.”
- Ocasio-Cortez also outlined her “social media master plan” for staying well while interacting with the online world. “I’ve started to kind of impose little rules on myself,” she said. “Like every once in a while, you’ll see me hop on Twitter on the weekends, but for the most part, I take consumption of content — when it comes to consumption and reading — I take the weekends off.” So…you took some personal responsibility? Well okay, then.
- Of course, her followers on the Left ate it up as proof that social media is evil (even though they’re the largest consumers of it). They also railed against the “Right,” accusing them of bullying her off of the platform (even though there isn’t any proof this is why she quit).
- We’re not sure when it became “news” for someone to behave like an adult on social media by taking responsibility for how they use it. And certainly, yes, social media (just like anything else) can be bad in excess (or when it is misused).
- But to call Facebook a “public health risk” that should be censored? That feels an awful lot like trying to stifle free speech, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, let’s allow AOC to have this little “win.” Perhaps she’ll come around and see it’s time to step out of the frying pan if she can’t take the heat.
This also makes us ask another important question: is she just inherently a quitter? Will AOC resign her position when times get tough, or is she here to stick it out?
Let us know what you think.