“Like” culture is antithetical to the concept of self-esteem, which a healthy individual should be developing from the inside out rather than from the outside in. Instead, we are shaped by our stats, which include not just “likes” but the number of comments generated in response to what we write and the number of friends or followers we have. I’ve seen rock stars agonize over the fact that another artist has far more Facebook “likes” and Twitter followers than they do.

I wish that the “Like” culture served to curate better content. Then maybe I could see it’s advent as useful. Who will figure that out first, Google or Facebook? Don’t follow? What television networks are considered to have the best shows? AMC, HBO and others make their own content and avoid a bit of the advertising or money still drives our media. [This reminds me of my paper on indie flicks and the masquerading indies. Have I published that one yet?]

As “Like” went from vote-to-promote Digg style, to Facebook, to now Google, I’ve gone in search for European sites abandoning even Netflix for Mubi

And can anyone tell me what “Poke” is about? I always feel like I’m the one not in on the game.

Neil Strauss on the Obsession With Being ‘Liked’ – The Wall Street