The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug With a Digital Detox by Gemini Adams
|The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug With a Digital Detox by Gemini Adams|
|Reviewer: John Lloyd|
|Summary: A slight gift book, but one that should hold appeal, as the bright colours of its cartoons do counter a very common factor of modern life in a way that successfully hits all the comedic targets.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 146||Date: November 2013|
|Publisher: Live Consciously|
Everywhere you look and question this book, it is a success – more or less. Does it do what it purports to – show evidence of a Facebook addiction and provide a dietary way out? Yes, more or less. Does it engage with its combination of cartoon images and captions? Yes, more or less. Does it have some cult Internet pedigree to make it a hit gift book for the techie? Yes, more or less – it might not have been borne from a webpage somewhere online, but the Kindle version was launched several months before the paperback. Is it then a worthwhile addition to your comedy book shelves? Yes – more or less.
It's a breeze of a book, for sure. The cartoons are to the left, their captions to the right. We get a lengthy introduction, and jumbo font for the diet at the end of ways one might find one's happiness and life improved by not being on Facebook non-stop. In between are the cartoons, in a short-hand style of big-nosed people in a hyper-coloured world bold of outline and bold of image. And while every thread of the Facebook life is picked, it is done so in a very friendly, please-all way. Many situations here are pointing at women, and while the whole thing aims to appeal to everyone who might turn to these pages it does lose a bit of the gutsiness it might have had.
Still, while I found several cartoons to be more than a bit 'meh', I did laugh at some. There is a great exaggeration to be had in the image for the page set up for your youngest child at the first opportunity. There is a great spatch-cocked human as he impacts a car windscreen having been updating the world about him crossing the road. The woman reduced to using her feet to log on, having given herself RSI in both arms from over-use of ENTER and LIKE is amusing.
But on the other hand, just as the online life is merely diverting, full of false promises and too much shallowness, so evidently is a book concentrating on the matter. The world clearly needed a book such as this to counter those high-and-mighty (and six months out of date before they're printed) books about the social media's involvement in cultural events like the Arab Spring, but this is ultimately hoist by its own petard in being just as frivolous and disposable as the contents of your average tw*tter feed.
I must thank the publishers for my review copy.
Boobadoodle by Rosy Sherry is closer to my ideal for a guest book - it is, after all imaginative things to do with boobs.
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