I was amused but not surprised to read that the more time you spend on social media, the more isolated, lonely, anxious, and depressed you are likely to be. Jaron Lanier calls it "digital Maoism." He also believes corporations have co-opted the idea of friendship and sold it back to consumers. I asked a friend whose judgment I trust to create a Facebook account and tell me what he thought. He was reluctant, but he did, and wrote a wonderful one-line impression: "a howling chamber of loneliness." Now the co-founder of Facebook has made it his mission to make sure no one on the globe is disconnected from his anti-social "social utility," so he wants to make the entire planet a howling chamber of loneliness. The phrase "social utility" ought to bring to mind the worst abuses of language of the last century—think radiant future —but so far as I can see it doesn't. Megalomaniacal foolishness meets digital totalitarianism. Perhaps memoirs are a way to slow down and take refuge from this mayhem, the latest version of what Bellow and others called "the moronic inferno." The good news: I hear millennials and younger are fleeing Facebook. On to another circle of social media hell.