Saturday, January 15, 2011

Facebook is for fools....and I refuse to be one.

I don't like Facebook and I refuse to ever have a Facebook account.

Coming from a guy who writes a Blog that sounds odd but I think each blog is one sets the form or content here but me....NO " Big Brother" setting up the landscape...just me expressing my thoughts on the can comment or is up to you.

While I understand that makes me out-of-step with the accepted trend of the day, I feel that this is the right thing for me. The idea of what Facebook represents is unsettling. The whole idea of "oversharing" every little detail of my life with anyone else who wants to see it is NOT something I want to participate in....I share somethings here but no one knows where I am or what I am posts here are like news stories and are edited to make sure I only state my mind not share every little detail with everyone.

I know, on Facebook, you only have to "friend" those you want to, you can limit my access, yeah, yeah, yeah. Sorry to burst your bubble BUT the minute you upload some data (pictures, names, etc.) it is out of your control and is on a server somewhere. If you believe for one minute that any data on any server is "secure", you are living a fool's fantasy. it CAN and WILL be hacked if someone wants it bad enough.

" I just like to share stuff with my friends." - Who in turn will share it with all their friends, and so on, and so on.....This has got to be one of the dumbest things people do....Updating my status !!
"I'm off to NYC for the weekend !" - Great, you just let everyone know they should come over to rob your place.

The idea of groups of people getting together online sounds great in principle but are you really sure you want to allow so many people easy access to you, your family or your life?? It has NOT been the best course to pursue....

Let's look at a few headlines, shall we??? This is the SHITE I am talking about:

Facebook picture leads to sex assault bust - ‎1 hour ago‎
15 (UPI) -- A Chicago-area man was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl after her mother found a picture of the couple having sex on Facebook

Calif. man admits using Facebook to hack e-mail accounts
Washington Post - Don Thompson - ‎16 hours ago‎
A California man has admitted using personal information he gleaned from Facebook to hack into women's e-mail accounts, download nude....

Girls target former high school friend with lewd Facebook profiles
10 Connects - ‎4 hours ago‎
Two Florida girls have been arrested for creating fake Facebook pages and putting pictures of their former friend's head on prepubescent girl's bodies....

Teenage girl arrested after alarming Facebook postings
WTEN - ‎1 hour ago‎
... a teenage girl with a misdemeanor of Aggravated Harassment in the 2 nd degree, after she used expletive words on her Facebook page regarding.....

Minister gets five years in sex sting
Kansas City Star - Glenn E. Rice - ‎18 hours ago‎
A minister was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for using Facebook to entice someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl to meet him ...

And on and on and on. Not that "social media" is inherently bad BUT the preoccupation that people have developed with Facebook and the narcissistic nature of it has driven obsession to a point where Goldman Sachs recently valued Facebook at $50 BILLION Dollars.....$50B...Are you F&*king kidding me?? They don't "make" anything and the innovation they have created is dysfunctional....I am not against progress but not all "new" ideas are good or should be this integrated into our lives.

Zuckerberg is not visionary as he purloined the idea of Facebook from something different.

" An earlier inspiration for Facebook may have come from Phillips Exeter Academy, the prep school from which Zuckerberg graduated in 2002. It published its own student directory, “The Photo Address Book,” which students referred to as “The Facebook.” Such photo directories were an important part of the student social experience at many private schools. With them, students were able to list attributes such as their class years, their proximities to friends, and their telephone numbers."

They also had student directories at Harvard called " Face Books" that gave you info about who lived in the different dorms at Harvard.

Like Bill Gates, who didn't invent Windows (Gates bought DOS off another engineer and copied a system like Windows from a demo system he saw at Xerox) Zuckerberg is only a salesman. Gates is the same....they may be entrepreneurs, BUT they are not visionary.....they used others ideas and try to pass it off as if they were like Edison building the first light bulb.

In this celebrity obsessed society, the media and others push things like Facebook onto people. They prop up the story, promote people like Gates & Zuckerberg as geniuses and try to make it more than it really is. They are really good salesmen but I am not buying it.

Too many people have the "sheep mentality" and allow themselves to be dragged along by the crowd...What many call "quality" and "revolutionary" will soon fade...Facebook will not always be so attractive and it has a shelf life (Like Myspace and AOL, etc.)....people will look back at this from the future and wonder what all the fuss was about or how they could have been stupid enough to indulge in it.....Like a hangover, they will have had their fun and have to pay for the stupid behavior of when they were "drunk" on Facebook ....Like any other hangover they will look at their behavior and wonder why they posted something that cost them a job, a friend (a real friend in real life) or a marriage......stupid is forever and the stupid things people put on the web will be there forever as others copy it and send it along.....

Don't be a "sheeple".....chart your own course and live a purposeful life. Make real friends and if you need to reach someone, send them a e-mail. then, get together in person and speak'll enjoy that much more. Trust me.

When you resist the temptation to join this stupidity, don't post the pictures of you and your friends getting drunk or doing something stupid (which in turn your new perspective employer WON'T see because they are not on Facebook), you'll thank me.

Really....why would you share details about all these things with 500 million other Facebook users you wouldn't like to tell your Mom??? Think about it..... and if you don't believe me, type "anti facebook" into Google and see what you get back.

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