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Facebook’s faltering favours

Tom Hodgkinson writes in yesterday’s Guardian that he, “despises Facebook,” for its ability to socially disconnect people and chain them to their keyboards with a false sense of virtual social connectivity. “It seems, though, that I am very much alone in my hostility,” says Hodgkinson.
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Tom Hodgkinson writes in yesterday’s Guardian that he, “despises Facebook,” for its ability to socially disconnect people and chain them to their keyboards with a false sense of virtual social connectivity. “It seems, though, that I am very much alone in my hostility,” says Hodgkinson. No no Tom, I’m right behind you.

Personally, the reason I don’t keep in touch with certain acquaintances from my past is that I don’t want to! As a previous member, after more than one fully grown adult contact had scribbled on my funwall (I’m sorry – I didn’t know I had one!) and poked me (or whatever it is) I just had to get the hell out of Dodge and delete my details.

Or did I? They’re probably still sitting on the Facebook central super-spy server somewhere.

Hodgkinson even eludes to what Facebook might really be if you buy into conspiracy theories and the all-seeing power of the CIA as it scoops up every bit of signal tracking technology it can get its hand on. He says, “Now even if you don't buy the idea that Facebook is some kind of extension of the American imperialist programme crossed with a massive information-gathering tool, there is no way of denying that as a business, it is pure mega-genius.”

I really wanted to post this blog as Facebook makes my blood boil. E-mail is just fine thank you very much for keeping in touch with as many people as I want. I’ll even go as far as Instant Messenger. I hear Facebook is blocked in Syria, if that’s true, then nice one president al-Assad.

You can read the complete piece at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/14/facebook

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