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Facebook paranoia

PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:19 am
by Ian M
Sorry, not My Space, but there was a fascinating article in today's Guardian about Facebook, and the libertarian gazillionaires behind it. Well worth a read, and will make you think about surrendering your personal information so blithely:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/20 ... 4/facebook

Re: Facebook paranoia

PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:51 pm
by pirkko
Ian M wrote:Sorry, not My Space


And MySpace is owned by Rupert Murdoch...

Re: Facebook paranoia

PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:54 pm
by Charlie
Ian M wrote: will make you think about surrendering your personal information so blithely:

I don't care about the people behind it. If we worried about what kind of capitalists are behind each company selling its wares, we'd never buy or do anything.

Although I have said 'yes' to people who first of all enrolled me into Facebook, and then asked to be my friends, I've turned off all the silly fun walls and what-not, so that it just functions as a sort of back-up email system for people who don't have my email address.

It's nowhere near as interesting or practical as MySpace

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:19 am
by Ian M
It's not really the people, what makes it fascinating is the way networks such as these collect huge amounts of data (depending what you give it, of course, but young people in particular surrender a lot), and then turn it into billions of dollars. There's a vision of the future in there which is Orwellian, and very manipulative, and crosses all national boundaries. That is what I found so interesting - maybe alarmist, who knows, but definitely thought provoking. Imagine a future where to log on to the internet and conduct chats like ours here, you had to register with a corporation, surrender your details, and be tracked, and advertised at, as you surfed around. Impossible? Not if some US corporations have their way. All in the name of 'security' of course.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:59 am
by JJ
sounds like there is a PhD thesis in there somewhere.

For me, Facebook - personal, Myspace - music/'work'. It is helpful to keep it separate I think. Not sure how useful it is for music colleagues to know that "Jilliene is brushing her teeth" etc..whereas my friends really ought to know these things. ;)

Myspace will always be an invaluable music discovery tool...until the next thing comes along.

JJ