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Facebook – many reasons not to.

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A number of people i dig muchly have invited me to join Facebook over the last year but there are some things I just can’t get past. Without sounding at all like Miss Teen South Carolina, I hear you say ‘such as?’

Well, apart from the idea of giving some random entity your email password?

I haven’t seen the issue covered anywhere quite as well as in this article on New Media by James Massola in New Matilda earlier this year:

Given the volume of information that Facebook gathers, the question of who has access to it is an important one. A Privacy International report on the privacy policies of some of the biggest websites in the world — think BBC, Google and MySpace — gives Facebook its second lowest ranking.

More speculative than inquisitive, Binoy Kampmark has written a similarly valuable piece, Giving Good Face, at Counterpunch. Kampmark recontextualizes Facebook post-Virginia Tech massacre which backgrounds the visible head of the company well (but also makes me ask ‘can you name a single bombed out Iraqi School?’… ‘Baghdad Junior High’ gets points for effort). This article by Marie at CommonGroundCommonSense (!!!! – sheesh – there’s an idea, hey?) gives a very good rundown of some of the most concerning elements to the Facebook back story.

The Information Awareness Office seems to have survived some of its original purposes in a mutated form, found in today’s Facebook. In fact, one of IAO’s original example technologies included “human network analysis and behavior model building engines,” [10] a surprising echo of the social networking mapping that Facebook does using SVG visualizations. [11] Add that to the information that Facebook collects and compare it to the startlingly similar goal of the IAO. It appears at first glance that DoD, along with the CIA, has managed to circumvent its previous Congressionally established limitations and find corporate sponsorship for its programs, under the thin veil of a useful social network for unwitting college students.

Of course, if you don’t fancy a long read for some particular reason (what’s wrong with reading you sick f&^%? you vote for Bush or somethin’?) then check out the slightly conspira vid at Album Of The Day. It’s easy to see evil everywhere, but the trouble in identifying all things as evil is that the genuinely creepy stuff slips by for the same reason that nobody cared when the lonely kid in the fairytale cried wolf for the third time.

It’s for this reason that even though I don’t think the World Trade Centre 9/11 was what Bush said, I still don’t buy the Loose Change version of things. In fact I think conspira panic of this ilk does more harm to public interest and genuine investigative reporting than it does to the credibility of government-funded bullsh%&. Even sites which insist that 9-11-01 was actually what it was presented to be probably do more to cut through Bush-lit than conspira panic sites.

What was I saying?

Oh yeah.

F%$k Facebook.



Written by typingisnotactivism

October 1, 2007 at 4:02 pm

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  1. That didn’t make sense but I hate facebook too, so; awesome.

    t.i.n.a.: roflmao. i wish you had left a blog address so we could check out your views on other bitsnbobs because that logic is hilarity! kthx.


    October 1, 2007 at 8:32 pm

  2. The Government or organization can get your name, address, email etc. just by regular use of the internet. Facebook is evil because now they have access to your personal information; favorite color, movies, music, your friends, pictures, favorite food, relationships etc. etc. Everything that you are is being documented and used for who knows what. The ingenious thing is that you idiots are the ones freely providing that information.


    January 6, 2008 at 4:10 pm

  3. Miss Teen South Carolina answered that question badly, but she’s still got her looks to fall back on…


    January 5, 2009 at 10:35 am

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