I class myself as a “resentful user of FB”. I’d prefer not to use FB but nearly everybody else is using it. So I’d be missing out on too much if I didn’t use FB.
I do think the real issue is that the users of FB are the real commodity being sold, i.e. to advertisers.
As it happens in one of my classes at university it was mentioned that FB is taking over from email. Apparently a lot of the younger people are preferring FB (and other such sites) compared to email when it comes to keeping in touch with people. I can understand this happening but with the privacy issues I find this to be a concern. I for one would not want to see email disappear especially if the only alternative is to use FB.
Peter let’s look at all of this closer though:
1. Did you know that remarks/posts made here on the Hoax Forum get way more exposure than the same ones you may make on FB? If you do a Google search for yourself you will discover all the past posts you’ve made here and also responses. It’s actually quite amazing especially since we are not only more open to discussion here, but also remain on a topic often for quite a while and then return to it.
2. E-mail took over for other long-standard types of communication such as written letters, telegrams, telephone and those phones that had message machines attached. Some telephone services were party-line connections for a goodly number of people could listen in and take notes without the knowledge of the caller and receiver too.
3. No matter where you are, whether here on the internet or even in a store, club or street, conversations can be monitored and recorded right along with your moving image….it’s called video cameras.
Most of what is ‘sold’ to others via FB are merchants that watch for the kinds of things you appear to be interested in purchasing, and groups getting an idea of general social behaviors that are used in research both politically and in scientific research. Videos we put onto YouTube for example are giving us all a better understanding of social behaviors both good and bad and helping us to understand the health of the global community.
Everything we say and do gives a more complete picture of where we are going and where we want to go and where we SHOULD go. It’s like nature, neither good nor bad but a very good and interesting thermostat.
NOTE: I also don’t like phones so I just don’t use them unless I have to.