posted on Jun, 19 2014 @ 07:38 AM
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
Some times I wonder if people even realize that other forms of electronic communication still exist. Why does everyone use that crappy FB chat
interface when there are much better alternatives like Skype, or IRC, or TorChat, or anything which doesn't depend on centralized servers like the FB
servers. Not only does FB have a detailed bio on everyone, they also have all your chat logs.
Yes people are aware, but ill tell you why Facebook is preferred over all others. Social media especially Facebook in our day and age is what the
newspaper was during the early 1900's. The newspaper connected the imagined community of citizens on a national level to each other, and everyone
could feel like they were part of a collective. They would all partake in a ritual of news consumption through the newspaper. It was the only form of
mass communication or what we could call mass conversation.
The rise of the internet and specifically social media has seen news consumption and conversation move from a national to a global stage.Facebook is
popular not because it allows you to connect with strangers but rather because it allow you to connect with your existing offline connections, no
matter how weak they may be. The funny thing is that on Facebook the 6 degrees of separation that exist offline narrows down to about 3 online . This
is why news spreads so quick on FB. It doesn't matter if FB keeps our logs or not, FB is a mass tool of surveillance for the masses, and not of the
masses. It doesn't benefit the government or spy agencies as much as it benefits its users. Facebook is a mass tool of surveillance for you and me and
the average person to use to monitor each other. A self regulatory social network.
I'm not really a heavy Facebook user myself, but when it went down today the only thing i can say i missed for that half an hour was not knowing what
other people were up to. I mean there is other social media sites but Facebook the one which seems to be used by most of the people i know. You are
right though one cooperation which is central for the online communication for the masses gives them a lot of control, but also a lot of
responsibility as well i think .
My question is, does Facebook have an obligation or rather social responsibility to facilitate online conversation and communication forever ? It
really has become a big part of how people communicate these days.
edit on 19-6-2014 by soul44 because: Spelling error