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    junglist1234
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    I’m glad I don’t use facebook now. I suppose myspace won’t be much better though.

    With friends like these … Tom Hodgkinson on the politics of the people behind Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

    #1179473
    process
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    sheffield-junglist;235947 wrote:
    I’m glad I don’t use facebook now. I suppose myspace won’t be much better though.

    With friends like these … Tom Hodgkinson on the politics of the people behind Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

    I despise Facebook. This enormously successful American business describes itself as “a social utility that connects you with the people around you”. But hang on. Why on God’s earth would I need a computer to connect with the people around me? Why should my relationships be mediated through the imagination of a bunch of supergeeks in California? What was wrong with the pub?

    And does Facebook really connect people? Doesn’t it rather disconnect us, since instead of doing something enjoyable such as talking and eating and dancing and drinking with my friends, I am merely sending them little ungrammatical notes and amusing photos in cyberspace, while chained to my desk? A friend of mine recently told me that he had spent a Saturday night at home alone on Facebook, drinking at his desk. What a gloomy image. Far from connecting us, Facebook actually isolates us at our workstations.

    Facebook appeals to a kind of vanity and self-importance in us, too. If I put up a flattering picture of myself with a list of my favourite things, I can construct an artificial representation of who I am in order to get sex or approval. (“I like Facebook,” said another friend. “I got a shag out of it.”) It also encourages a disturbing competitivness around friendship: it seems that with friends today, quality counts for nothing and quantity is king. The more friends you have, the better you are. You are “popular”, in the sense much loved in American high schools. Witness the cover line on Dennis Publishing’s new Facebook magazine: “How To Double Your Friends List.”

    AMEN. :bounce_flash:

    #1179476
    GiantMidget
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    Have you seen the new look Facebook? It’s fucking dire! really really shit! :hopeless:

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    DJCliffy;236003 wrote:
    Have you seen the new look Facebook? It’s fucking dire! really really shit! :hopeless:

    no.

    #1179478
    JonnyQuest
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    fuck it whats it matter we will all end up dead anyway

    #1179475
    starlaugh
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    DJCliffy;236003 wrote:
    Have you seen the new look Facebook? It’s fucking dire! really really shit! :hopeless:

    Yeah mate, I have just been forced to use it at home and I hate it… prefer using it at work as it still is the old version

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    GiantMidget
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    starlaugh;236060 wrote:
    Yeah mate, I have just been forced to use it at home and I hate it… prefer using it at work as it still is the old version

    Innit man it really is a big pile of poo! 😉

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