OK, so here are my thoughts on Facebook.
It's an evil machine.
An evil database, if we're going to be specific.
1)Stalker abilities. Ex boyfriends, nemeses and the like, can see who I hang out with, and possibly what I did on Saturday evening. And vice versa. Quite frankly, I don't want to know what some of these people ate for breakfast. Even if they're not your 'facebook friend', they can check out who you're friends with.
Before Facebook, break-ups were shit. Now they're the fucking pits.
(Luckily my break-ups happened before I jumped on the bandwagon, so this doesn't necessarily apply to me.)
Suddenly broken-hearted individuals are possibly faced with what their ex-lovers are doing or cosying up to. That's pretty kak. Not to mention when someone has a party. You know whose attending, who might be attending and who isn't – and you make your decision from there.
Great for ex avoidance, but still, it's all a bit pants.
Friend's statuses are suddenly 'single' with that lovely little broken heart next to it. And now 500 people know, all at once. And they speculate. It's nasty. It's a nasty, nasty machine.
2) Government parastatals use the stats to monitor you.
Besides the personal implications, I watched a YouTube clip, explaining how it all actually works.
A 21-year old at Harvard started Facebook, and it has around 10-million users. Who readily post about their lives.
Never before has, say, Big Brother, got access to so much freely-given information. Email addresses, where people go, who they hang around with, their religious beliefs, their home addresses. Someone is paying big money to use these statistics.
How else does it make a whoring profit? The $1 gifts? The pop-up ad on the side? If you believe that, you probably believe the characters on Friends are real.
The companies that invested in Facebook - and that's an over $8-million start-up investment - are all regulatory research and development companies.
These companies are directly linked to the CIA and US Defense Force. These, by the way, feed information to the US government amongst other scary companies. They use this information to track how conservative students are, how many have said they read Catcher In the Rye (a book that is tracked closely in libraries and book shops due to it being owned by high-profile assassins in the past).
And guess what? Even if you don't use the site like a heroin addict – which is unlikely - they take every single person's information and file it, for easy perusal.
Too late – don't bother deleting your profile, they already have your information.
It states in their Terms & Conditions that 'information is used by third parties.'
It's the easiest and most evil way to gain information on every aspect of your trivial little life.
Luckily, I'm not planning to perform a jihad on the US government anytime soon, and Catcher In the Rye was one of my school set-books, so they'd be wasting their time.
So, anyway....yeah, that's why I think it's evil.
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