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Thursday, Aug 8 2013
 
 

Facebook: The good the bad and the rediculous



Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook, center figure in the movie "the social network", a film about Facebook's origins.
Facebook; What a powerful innovation. Facebook has the ability to share important information across our globe, informing your loved ones and friends of every event in your life in real time, and also have the ability to help organize revolutions during the Arab Spring. Facebook has turned Zuckerburg into a household name. Within an instant you can find out the latest news stories, and what your friends think about them. In the very next instant you can see pictures of your nieces, nephews, or grandchildren. You can shop and get deals or coupons, even find out the latest updates with your favorite band or TV show. So far, Facebook seems to have no limits, as every site on the internet is adding Facebook integration.

I seem to be sitting on the outside. Facebook has become a source of sadness for me in recent history.  Instead of being an inspiration, it has fallen down in my life past even being entertaining, to being somewhat of an annoyance. Before it comes off as me bashing Facebook, let me admit that not only do I still have a profile, I do log in once a day and check my feed for a few minutes, look for pictures of my nieces and nephews, friends kids, or something funny George Takei has posted. So though it may come off as me being a Facebook hater, I do realize the hypocrisy in my statement.

That being said, when I think about how people communicate, I am vastly impressed with the way technology has advanced.  Our phones now are more powerful than most of our computers. We can assess everything in the world within seconds, it's absolutely amazing. Everyone just about has a cell phone, even teenagers, you can reach just about anyone in the world in a second, via several different mediums.  I myself have several different applications on my phone that allow someone to contact me. You can call, text, email, Viber, WhatsApp, Kaokao Talk, and many more. You need me, here I am.. unless I'm in a movie, I actually turn my phone off in there!


...hilarious
Facebook is another good way to get to me, the application on my phone will send me a push notification when someone mentions me in a status, as well as a pop-up if someone sends me a message, but this ability has become a headache for me. Let's take for instance, the ability to Geo Tag someone on Facebook (that is the ability to say someone was with you at a particular place at a particular time). Cool right? Yes, but I actually DON'T like everyone knowing where I am at all times (and since I know your thinking it let me say I know i can turn off tagging but it turns it off for everything not just the geo-tags, so Facebook or anyone else if you've figured out how to turn off specific tagging you let me know), and as I will mention later, people actually create drama off of me being tagged on Facebook. "Hey, you went [there], why didn't you invite me? what you don't like me anymore?" Come on people. I don't mind the photo tags, I run my life under the assumption everything I am doing is being video tapped and photographed anyway so I try not to do anything I wouldn't want tagged on Facebook.  Yes I realize its weird, I don't mind you taking a photo of me at a place and tagging it on Facebook, but if you geo-tag me it bothers me, the former bothers me a lot less than the latter, and for the most part people wait a couple days to post photos of you, or at least you know the picture was taken, I often don't find out about the geo-tag until the next day (or from a angry phone call minutes later).

I wont write a long paragraph for this topic, but if I get poked by a zombie wanting me to help him with farmville while playing candy crush, I'm going to punch him right in the gut. Moving on.

As I mentioned earlier, you can see what everyone is doing just about everyone is doing every minute of the day, again, cool right? Depends. A lot of people (my friends I suppose) use Facebook to tell us every little minute detail about their day, even the irrelevant ones. And I'm not saying irrelevant to me, I'm saying irrelevant. the knowledge that its "hump day, woot woot" is not relevant, I have a calendar, I know what day it is lol. "Oh yeah, what about your updates ben?" Great question. I STILL maintain pride in the things I post to MY wall. I have extended many a challenge to people to go look at what I put on my wall. The last thing I posted was a CNN article in which i was featured (ok I also uploaded the article, still pretty cool), other than that, everything is pretty much funny conversations, mostly with my dad, maybe not 'relevant' to everyone, but entertaining at least. I know I can modify my setitng and remove those whose posts I don't want to see, and i ask anyone to please block me if they don't find me entertaining by all means, but I just haven't had the time to big my account that much scrutiny.

 
Do you watch Jimmy Kimmel Live? Don't, he's terrible, but every November he does offer up a very good suggestion, something he calls "National Un-Friend Day", where he proposes that everyone take the day to go through their Facebook friends list and un-friend the people you don't know, don't want to know, and don't want to hear from. He has even invented a convenient scoring system in case you are not sure how to identify these people, you get points for everything from taking "selfies" multiple times, and posting updates that involve your cat chasing strings. Epic. I have partaken two years in a row.

So let me sum up my little rant here. Facebook, you have your flaws, as everything in life surely does. I can use you to do the things that I need to, and quite efficiently I must say. You are one of the greatest things to happen to the technological world so far, everywhere I go on the net I see the "login with Facebook" button, as well as every game I download on my phone. The argument can be made that your good out-weighs your bad and you do add something positive to the world. In the end though, I have to say that both the good and bad of Facebook cannot be contributed to Facebook itself, but to us, the people. Places like Facebook have provided humans an outlet for every emotion, expression, and thought, how we use this tool is up to us in the end, and that puts the power with us, and we all know that "With great power comes great responsibility". We all aren't going to use this power in a way everyone else we know is going to like, but we can all (even me) take a moment to sit back and ask what we are using Facebook, Twitter, etc. to do in our lives, and whether or not it is the best use of our time. As I am sure the audience for this little monolog will go unheard, as I will not be posting this to Facebook, and most of you have stop reading by now in order to go see new updates on Facebook, I hope my message is somewhat clear, as with everything else in the world, the power lies with us as a people, and it's time we take a cue from the Arab Spring and use these tool as a harness for good, use these tools to let the world know, the good people not only exist, we are ready to make sure good things prevail.



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Thursday, Nov 29 2012
 
 

Interesting facebook conversation


Woman 2
Tuesday at 12:53pm near Doraville ?

    So here is something controversial. I saw you posted this Arwa Bint Muhammad yesterday and then I saw my friend Woman 1 share this. Thoughts anyone? males and females :)

    <    Fox News: 'Women Aren't Women Anymore'
    www.huffingtonpost.com
    Forget the War on Women. According to Fox News, there's a vicious war on men going on.
   
        Woman 1 AARON TRAISTER's response is awesome!! The boys who have problems are the weak ones who can't handle a woman. Women want to marry MEN. Thank you Jonny! http://www.salon.com/2012/11/26/what_this_guy_needs_to_succeed_less_competition/singleton/
        What this guy needs to succeed? Less competition
        www.salon.com
        Fox News contributor Suzanne Venker tells men to blame feminism for their downfall
        Tuesday at 1:06pm ? Edited
        Woman 2 lol -- > Ladies, according to Venker, by working to support ourselves (and our present or future children), we've lost our femininity and destroyed men in the process. And you thought you were just trying to pay your rent.
        Tuesday at 1:08pm ? 1
        Woman 3 lol...i love this!! well we work just as hard...do they not understand that taking care of kids takes a huge toll on us!!!???
        Tuesday at 1:18pm ? 1
        Woman 2 I can see the logic in both perspectives
        Tuesday at 1:25pm
        Woman 3 i think the economy has put soo much stress on us that it makes us all crazy
        Tuesday at 1:26pm ? 1
        Woman 1 I say "BooHoo" to everyone!! Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!! LOL
        Tuesday at 1:27pm ? 1
        Woman 2 It's not just a sexual revolution, there has been a shift in the entire economic structure including stagnant wages, inflation, technology, etc.
        Tuesday at 1:27pm ? 1
        Woman 2 This is another response worth reading
        Tuesday at 1:32pm
        Woman 2 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/post/the-war-on-men--straw-feminism-101/2012/11/26/0ae5c158-37da-11e2-b01f-5f55b193f58f_blog.html
        The War on Men ? Straw Feminism 101
        www.washingtonpost.com
        Who?s losing?
        Tuesday at 1:32pm
        Woman 2 "Feminism, you see, is the reason why there are no Nice Men Who Will Marry You. Feminism frightened them once when they were children (as this wondeful cartoon illustrates). It was the nasty thing they saw in the woodshed. You, young lady, were foolish enough to think you might manage to pursue your dreams and simultaneously get married and have children. That was your mistake. And that is why you are single. "
        Tuesday at 1:33pm
        Woman 1 Zehra Mehdi-Barlas and Man 2, thoughts?
        Tuesday at 1:49pm
        Man 2 Equality for the sexes is a must. We have made good progress throughout the years but we are not quite there yet with equal wages and positions for women. I do believe there has been an underlying "war on men" that specifically has to do with how Men a...See More
        Tuesday at 2:04pm ? 1
        Woman 1 The below linked PBS Special address the issue you are talking about very well in the first episode, "Man of the House"
        Tuesday at 2:07pm
        Woman 1 http://www.pbs.org/america-in-primetime
        America in Primetime : PBS
        www.pbs.org
        America in Primetime presents some of the most compelling shows on television to...See More
        Tuesday at 2:07pm
        Woman 1 To be fair...something could be said for the fat man with the beautiful wife, as an objectification of women...we, as a society have to raise our expectations of people, better women deserve better men and vise-versa.
        Tuesday at 2:10pm ? 1
        Woman 1 Lena's link above it hilarious!!! "Maybe that?s the War on Men. Perhaps, in the War on Men, the Subculture of Men Who Insist In No Uncertain Terms That They Will Not Marry Because Women Are Doing It Wrong is, indeed, the first casualty. But I?m not sure it?s a loss."
        Tuesday at 2:36pm
        Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen 9am: Hunt down a man, make manwhich for breakfast and feed to my lady pack.
        Noon: Go down to the construction site and yell at man, bonus point if I can push one off a pedestal
        3pm: Sob because another man eludes my marriage trap.
        9pm: Piss off a bunc...See More
        Tuesday at 3:56pm ? Edited
        Man 2 Wow. Have we come that far?
        Tuesday at 4:01pm
        Woman 1 Man 1 and Me
        about an hour ago
        Man 1 "All the articles and books (and television programs, for that matter) put women front and center, while men and children sit in the back seat. But after decades of browbeating the American male, men are tired. Tired of being told there?s something fun...See More
        about an hour ago
        Me I, like Lena see the logic on both sides. I we have to evolve with the times tho, we not only being men, but our economy as well. The solution to our struggling economy is not in gender, if anything we need to take the current gender roles and figure out how to shape a economy around them. Men who are looking for a women to "get back in the kitchen", keep looking, you'll find one. Women who are looking for a man who likes the fact your headstrong, career driven, and motivated, keep looking, hes out there, I promise. There shouldnt be a war between us, just compromise.
        about an hour ago ? 1
        Woman 1 I totally agree with your points Jerad. There needs to be more respect, but that works both ways...i think there are women that feel they need to over compensate and get defensive when they are judged pre-maturely or feel like they have something to prove. At the same time, I think there is also a lot of women-hating going on by men.
        49 minutes ago
        Man 1 Indeed, everything must have a balance. That said, though ... cases of misogyny are looked at negatively by our culture (and rightfully so), whereas misandry is often laughed at, or used comically, at least in American entertainment, which can be a loose barometer for where America is culturally, and where it may be headed.
        35 minutes ago ? 2
        Woman 1 Very true
        34 minutes ago
        Me: I had to look up "misandry" lol, jared using those SAT words on me. almost ironically proving your point. Chris rock even tells a joke about how we are raised as kids to tell our mothers how good she looks, tell her how nice the house is, tell her how ...See More
        2 minutes ago
        Me: I was reminded of our ever changing times listening to people after this last election saying "this isn't the America I remember" and my first thought being "..you know what, your right, but we are not going back there, we are changing as a culture, as a people, time for the things around us to change too"
        a few seconds ago



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