Facebook and Mao’s Last Dancer

Mark Zuckerberg is showing himself to be more and more the zealous activist every day (and a bored one at that). In case you haven’t heard, his latest stint is to promote organ donations on Facebook. Check out the story here.

I’m not advocating leaving Facebook or boycotting it. I have one of my own with 3 fan pages that I manage. I’ve been able to get back in touch with family members that I’ve not heard from in years and for that alone I’m grateful. I am, however, conservative about what I put on there. But with every news story and every modification that FB pushes on us I’m becoming less and less apt to use it.

And yes I know that the FB rant has been shared a hundred times. I don’t care. I need to vent and that’s half of what blogging is for.

Changing the Look Again….and again…and again…

Twitter is not complicated so I’m not clear on why FB needs to be. No timelines, no fear of having to rearrange your page because of whatever new look they’ve just incorporated, and certainly nothing telling you that that so-and-so rejected your event invite. In that case, ignorance is bliss. I don’t want to know why someone is turned down an invite. As far as the new timeline setting goes, the look is too convoluted and just plain stupid. Enough already.

Organ Donation…where does it end?

Oh come on! Really? Do we have to resort to peer pressure to donate body parts? This is what appeals to me most about Twitter is that it doesn’t get that personal. I can chat with whoever I want to and likewise my friends are able to reach out quickly without having to endure a proverbial condescending slap from FB because because they’re not into the cool new hip trend of organ donation. Where’s the ACLU when you need them? What’s next?

Privacy Issues

Start typing in the word “privacy” into the Google search engine. Now this has been covered to death so I don’t want to cover it again but to say that if you’re unaware of the privacy issues concerning Facebook then you should do your own research on that because obviously there’s plenty of it. Here’s a good article on tagging that should get you riled up.

I was watching a foreign film the other day called, “Mao’s Last Dancer”. I was more interested in how life in communist China was depicted more than the movie itself. The interesting thing that I noticed is that even after decades of communist reign, students in school were taught that they had not reached “true communism” no matter how terrible their living conditions were and how badly women were treated. (Talk about a a real war on women.)

Now, I’m not saying that I think that the folks behind Facebook are communist. Some might be but I’m not saying that. That’s not what I’m talking about. All I’m saying is that the scene mentioned reminded me of what’s going on with FB in the sense that no matter how bad things get we’re “nudged” a little at a time into a place we’d rather not be (less privacy ) and fooled into thinking that there is nothing wrong with where we are and how we’re getting to a wherever it is we’re going as far as social media is concerned. How we achieve something and the freedoms (privacy) we lose along the way is just as important. We’re being conditioned to be OK with the small changes taking place right in front of us because they’re happening an inch at a time.

Now I don’t know what the end game here is with Facebook but I don’t have to.

I don’t like how they’re proceeding.

And who knows, I may be saying the same thing about Twitter before too long. PC World has a great article on ways you can protect your privacy (as best you can) with all of the social networks including Twitter. You can read that article here.

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  • “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. I have only read about 1/3 of the book. I find it very hard to get back to when there is much more uplifting literature to read. One of the mantras of the book is “everybody belongs to everybody”, with all the ramifications that statement embodies. That is the progressive utopia – a “classless” society overseen by wise and caring stewards, who only want what is best for the collective.
    Is FB moving us toward a collective? People moving together, acting together as one, for the good of the greater whole? Nah. There’s a lot of individuality on FB, I mean have you read some of the conversations? They’re full of acronyms. I mean, there’s nearly as many alphabet soup acronyms on FB as there is in the governme… hey, wait a minute.