Facebook Groups’ Authoritarian Fiefdoms

I always find it interesting when I am invited to join  a group on social media that if I want the honor of belonging, I must answer something like 3 questions. I rarely bother. Yet, then I get notices, repeatedly, demanding I answer these questions for admittance. Over and over I ignore these probing trespasses. I didn’t ask to join, I never do. Someone, usually a heavy-handed administrator, asked me. With that in mind, please shove your petty and intrusive interrogation up your ass. Besides, if you genuinely want to learn about me — read my writings! All can be found in the words I use, to describe the characters I create, to craft the stories I tell. 

Sometimes, somehow, without answering these ridiculous inquires, I have gained entrance. I am now, please read with condescending sarcasm — “one of the group.” After which, I am bombarded with autocratic rules.


We are storytellers!
We are artists of the written word!
We are not brain-dead, mindless automatons!

We don’t follow convention and rules!

Image result for hemingway on fascism

Our very art demands that we push and break boundaries of a society that tries to bury our individuality under oppressive rules guided by authoritarian elements of style. The Internet and social media were supposed to be the next great frontiers, places for the free flow and free exchange of nonconformist ideas, and promotion of our works which espouse as much. 

However, the rule bringers eventually invade and seek to impose their will on the masses. Yet, when an author creates a social media group  — he or she adopts the posture of the fascist regimes which Papa so despised. Yes, one of our very own, a fellow, supposedly INDEPENDENT  author, drunk on social media administrative power,  morphs into a totalitarian dictator, laying down their almighty commandments — commandments cut in stone by THEIR freedom-crushing fiery finger whose very ability to express without censorship is held so dear. 

I have made some great virtual friends via social media. I am glad to be a member of groups. Yet, we must never forget — 

We write to be free!
We write to express freedom!
We write to create, unbound by those who seek to stifle!
And yes, we promote our works — for without promotion, no one will be aware of our existence. 

To the heavy handed moderators, can you please descend from your ivory towers of self-righteousness, veil your need to control others, and just live and let live? 

**I wonder how many groups will  be giving me the boot?
I know each day, I am leaving more and more. **

“Who the hell am I?”

I am a proud, fiercely, independent, self-published teller of tales,
an author of scarcely any renown.
However, as a storyteller, I know who I am,
and with that persona,
I am both confident and comfortable.

I invite you to visit my website,


and/or Amazon Author Pages

Joe Leonardi                 Scono Sciuto

if you are so inclined please purchase a copy and leave a review.

Thank you,



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