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I incurred a crippling headache today which was 10.5 on the Richter Scale. Hit the rest of my body, especially the heart. So, got nothing done today. Retired to watch, "The Social Network," which was undeniably good. It showed the good and the bad. Despite it jumping back and forth, and all the fast yapping, it was amazingly easy to follow, yet often taking new turns. I contrast this with, "Logan Lucky," which was often difficult to follow, despite it trying to spoon-feed itself to a slower audience. But more on that one later.

It done me proud to see "The Social Network" begin with Zuckerberg blogging on LiveJournal - with it's old design.  Even though I deliberately never got a FB, this movie took me back to the days when I was a part of the growing internet - when I was on LJ and MS, AOL, etc., even before some kid in Missouri informed me of FB in the mid 2000's.  I actually go way back to the beginning, having invented the internet myself with a couple of coconuts.  Anyway, those were the days, of the brisk, upward arch, when we all caught fire over stupid petty stuff.

Hopefully the day has come when the great mundane swarm of consumers finally come to see FB for what it is: a boring Satanic Perversion, institutionalising perpetual adolescence. It is sad how the internet has swerved and changed over the years, now o0verseen by the controllers of the normative masses and their moneys. So much of modern networking is just a conspiracy of loneliness facilitating personal denial and hurt. Of course, I am not saying that many promises of the past have not been fulfilled, bringing amazing progress as well. I just long for the days before emojis, and then before emoticons, and before icons were either user pics or avatars, and before we even had to use odd text characters like this - :/ - to convey emotion - Yes, I long for the days when we would actually wince at each other, or poke each other in the eyes, and joke, as we sat across the table from one another, face-to-face, eating our electron soup.

"Zuckerberg" still isn't in LJ spellcheck.


meowmensteen at 2017-08-25 23:54 (UTC) (Lien)
I have my own reasons why I think FB sucks. The thing I always ask people is: "If Facebook is worth so much on the stock market, what is its product, and who are its customers." People always stupidly reply that they are the customers and their accounts are the product. Seriously. When you go to a grocery story, they don't let you take the food home for free. Reality is that the users are not the customers, they are the product, and someone else is the customer and their buying all your privacy... that the users seem to give away to them freely.

ugh, right now one of my oldest friendships is going through a crisis because of Facebook. She only communicates with people through facebook. She takes it personal that I'm not on facebook, and we hardly ever communicate anymore because emails, phone calls, texting, and real live visits are so old fashion. If I was her real friend, I'd get over my hate of facebook and we could talk again. We're both holding out for the other to cave. I called her, and am waiting for her to call me back. She's waiting for me to join facebook if I want to talk to her. It sucks. We've been close friends since first grade.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2017-08-27 01:36 (UTC) (Lien)
Wow - I think this is a very acute observation, and totally right. I think it is right in line with why I and others have boycotted FB, basically. I have never really conceptualised things in quite that way, and I think you are genius for doing so. Thanks.

But, my mind keeps going, and here are some thoughts...

I think that FB users actually ARE consumers. They are definitely consuming each other, and all their petty show-offs and games. It is just that FB is exploiting this, and then turning it into a commodity, which advertisers and investors exploit. So, there are at least two big things going on here: the social, and the capital.

Actually, this leads me into a lot of thoughts I have been having regarding social capital, and money, which I really look forward to posting about ASAP. I know that you will enjoy these when I post them.

Right - the whole social drama - vis-a-vis FB...

I think we have all gone through that, years ago, on LJ, already, right? Only, on FB, it is a lot worse, because, on FB, the social BS is what it is all about. I guess we have a war of different life ideologies going on here, conveniently adjudicated by higher powers, where the petty game players are going at each other's throats. I wish I could advise you on your sad difficulty, but I cannot. But, what I can say is this:

Bring it back down to the people. That's all. You and me, him and her. Always face to face, before everything else.

"Power to the people! Stick it to the man!" - Captain Fantastic.

PS - I think your comment was very inspiring to me, as far as future writing goes. Thanks!
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