This piece has some poignant reflections and observations on the interpersonal dynamics of relationships formed between a certain kind of people (writers? intellectuals?) with a certain kind of acadmic background (theory?) who meet and come to feel affection for each other in certain kinds of online “spheres” (so-called “social media”).
What happens when someone leaves the sphere that contained your relationship? How do you understand the ambiguity and complexity of their motivations? How do you stay “connected” (related? affected?) across spheric boundaries?
In the light of recent reading, I particularly appreciate the author’s use of “weather” to evoke the “atmosphere” of these spaces. And I remember the feeling I had, when I deactivated my Facebook account, that as much as I loved individual people there, I was fleeing a toxic environment.
I felt or imagined that some kind of mind-numbing nerve gas had been released into the social psychosphere, and it was essential that I stop breathing it in, move to higher ground as quickly as possible, even if it cost me most of my “connections,” and even if I had to build the higher ground myself. This is what I felt or imagined—my metaphor.
It is interesting to encounter a sensitive perspective from the “other side.” A breath of fresh air?