To the Editors:

In response to Daisy Alioto's "Facebook is important, deactivation movement is misguided" (February 10) and the ensuing online exchange between Alioto and Tyler Patton (the founder of the Facebook deactivation movement), the super-connection snowball might be unstoppable, and it may well crush all who refuse to plug in.

But as we adopt, shouldn't we try to slow the snowball down so that we can better steer it later on?

The best things about humanity are self-deliberation and collective will; we should attempt to guide the course of human affairs, rather than let super-connection blindly guide us.

And while Alioto and Patton might disagree on the proper pace of the snowball, I think they agree that it should at least be understood as well as possible.


Ben Messerly '11