An Impermeable Veneer On Real Life

Dr Stuart Woolley
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4 min readJan 22, 2023


Why is there no way to express displeasure on LinkedIn?

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A mini-missive, an opinion, a directed rant on the obvious and gratingly tedious, falsity of LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is unadulterated faux-positivity.

It’s “I have a new job!”, “I’ve worked for x glorious years and have loved every minutes, I’m so lucky!”, or “I’ve been made suddenly redundant but I’m happier than I’ve ever been!” but never “I’ve had enough of the management here so I finally had enough courage to quit, no thanks to HR!

I mean, if I were dumped unceremoniously after years of service I would be criticising the employer that canned me, that’s for sure, especially if it was done via email or text message and warning other people away from them.
Wouldn’t you?

But, I see nothing — nothing at all — like that on LinkedIn. Ever.

In fact the worst thing I’ve ever seen is the usual arguing in the comments, usually a long way down, about news stories posted from outlets who have themselves resorted to now fully transparent clickbait in order to gain clicks, drive engagement, and foster rage.

And we all know who the usual culprits are there.

Rage Against The Clickbait

Rage, of course, is what primarily drives engagement — Twitter is truly king when it comes to rage engagement, but there at least you’re allowed to post negative things and be objectively critical.

That’s within the realm of the usual T&Cs around abusive behaviour, but I’m not advocating abuse — merely objectivity and openness.
I mean, at least Twitter is trying, even as the controversy around that still rages on, we do still see both of the sides.

But, getting back to the plot, the very worst thing of all, the “one simple thing” that could alleviate the lack of reality on LinkedIn is the omission of a ‘dislike’ button for posts.

I suspect it’s all in order to drive and maximise its own advertising and monetisation strategy that LinkedIn discourages, and perhaps censors, downplays, or discourages disparaging employer reviews, posts criticising employers, and everything similar— but doing that makes…



Dr Stuart Woolley

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, Twitter, and Overwatch fan.