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March 13, 2009

Getting Faced

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmangum @ 10:38 pm

I can’t believe I’m actually linking to an article from The Weekly Standard, but I agree with most of this one denouncing Facebook. I’ve been on for a little over a week now, and its become a huge time-waster. It’s bad enough that I’m blogging at least every other day, commenting other folks’ blogs every day, and feel I have to contribute my two bits to every Bureaucrash Social conversation (not to mention playing Animal Crossing), but now here comes Facebook. I’m getting like 30 e-mails a day now. There’s always that status update at the top: “What are you doing right now?” I’m on freakin’ Facebook, what do you think? One would get the impression that all I ever do is drink coffee and beer while browsing the web (nearly true of course). Sure, it was nice to get in touch with old classmates and cousins, but it’s like, now what? I currently have 40 “friends”, which is extraordinarily low by Facebook standards. And the embarrassing thing is that I’m reaching the limits of people I even recognize, to say nothing of people I would actually interact with on something like a regular basis.

But wait, now I see that my home page asks, “What’s on your mind?”  “See my blog,” I think I’ll write.


  1. I’m sorry, Ray, I stopped reading that link at the first use of “sheeple”. Oh, I get it, like people and sheep combined, so clever. If you want to stand out from the crowd, don’t use the same word thousands of others use to stand out from the crowd.

    As for facebook, eh, who gives a shit. Use it to suit your purposes. If someone wants to rally up a thousand friends, bully for them. To me it’s on the same ground as email or my phone. I’ll always prefer face to face conversation, but I don’t find purely digital friendship odd.

    Comment by JMangum — March 13, 2009 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t find digital friendship odd either, but I hardly think that’s what’s going on at facebook. I think the article, and my post, is meant in a lighthearted spirit. On my blog I’m trying to strike a balance between the immediacy of the medium and writing something with substance that lasts over time. I can’t see a way of doing that with facebook. I’m not saying I’m not going to be on there anymore, but you’ve got to take it for what it is.

    And yeah, the use of “sheeple” is annoying. (Although I used it once myself, but I was trying to characterize someone’s elitist attitude.) It’s remarkable how bad the writing is in some of the most famous magazines, like the Weekly Standard, National Review, The New Yorker (which many people like, but strikes me as a stilted, overwrought, old-fashioned bluestocking rag)- to say nothing of the abysmally glib Time and Newsweek.

    Comment by rmangum — March 13, 2009 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  3. I think facebook is supposed to be ephemeral though. Saying you can’t write something with substance that lasts over time there is like saying you can’t do that on a post office message board, or in the want ads.

    And I get that you’re being lighthearted, and so was that article, probably. I find the friend count races pretty laughable too. But it’s no surprise we’re getting sites like this now, with such a highly mobile and tech savvy populace, it was bound to happen, and I highly doubt it’ll fade away like parachute pants. Maybe in 20 years facebook won’t exist, but technology as a means of keeping tabs on friends and family isn’t going away.

    Come to think of it, parachute pants might improve the situation. somehow.

    Comment by JMangum — March 14, 2009 @ 12:15 am | Reply

  4. It must be so terrible for you that social networking sites are addictive fun, sinful time-wasters though they may be.

    Comment by Michael — March 22, 2009 @ 12:18 am | Reply

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