Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?



This is a powerful video that really sums up my way of thinking about social networking in general.  I recommend everyone to take a look at it and reflect on the ideas presented here. 

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  1. My strongest objection to social networking is the requirement, in many Comments sections of on-line newspapers and sites, that one log in via Facebook. As I don't have, and never intend to have, a Facebook account, this prevents me from voicing my opinions. I suspect it also prevents other intelligent people - none of whom would waste their time with such rubbish as social networks - from voicing their opinions either. Ergo, the opinions expressed in those Comments sections that have this requirement are of people who choose to have Facebook accounts - in other words all the idiots, airheads and time-wasters who think having 2000 'friends' somehow enhances their pathetic lives.

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    1. I don't believe Facebook users are idiots, they are just victims of the era of telecommunications. They are simple consumers that sell their lives to a corporation because everybody does nowadays. Our world is cruel, individualist, and doesn't take pity on your misery, so I find it kind of logic to try having a ton of virtual friends, to take the pain of knowing you are alone away.

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    2. I don't like the requirement of logging on via Facebook in order to comment on a website. I think it is a very narrow way of giving people a voice. For those of us who refuse to use Facebook, we can not post our thoughts on some sites. However, I see that a small price to pay in order to be free from Facebook and social networking.

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    3. How do you know people who use facebook are idiots? Empathy?
      Your intense feeling against Facebook could only be justified by the idea that you had fallen prey to you addiction badly.
      It's really not that bad. It's a tool, a communication tool with loads of privacy settings. How you use it, depends on you. FYI, not all are addicted to it. It's a great platform to get information about almost all domains of your interest. It also acts as a contact directory, marketing portal, news and the list is endless. If you hate this kind of technology, just because you don't know how to use it, then, probably, you have got a problem.

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  2. I agree, it is annoying that the internet as a whole 'rewards' you for having Facebook, or penalizes you for not having it. Maybe I will write more on this subject, as it is something that has annoyed me in the past as well.

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  3. Like smoking, alcohol, and watching reality television, Facebook is a vice I've never indulged in and never will. I often think of Mike Myers' famed impersonation of his mother in law from SNL, who might have this to say about the site:

    "Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic. Facebook involves neither talking face-to-face nor the intelligence to read a book. Discuss."

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  4. I can't express enough how worthwhile your blog is.

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  5. Thanks for the links to the videos. Fantastic! I'll use them as the starting point for class discussions with adults.

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  6. In a way this scares me, I think the majority of the human race is too stupid to understand what she is talking about, we are doomed!

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  7. All things in moderation! Facebook is similar to alcohol, tobacco, tv, and any number of other things. It is up to the user to be discerning and responsible. It's not the things outside of a person, it's the things from within like selfishness, greed and the desires for wealth and power that cause the problems.

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  8. Oh, so tobacco in moderation won't give me Cancer? Well that settles that then, time to start smoking. Oh wait, it's disgusting.

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