Facebook

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/14/facebook

Hodkinson’s article here is interesting. Clearly anti-Facebook, he looks into the money behind Facebook.

His strongest two arguments against Facebook are that all that data is being mined and sold to advertisers, and all the data available makes it much easy for orgs. like the CIA.

He really weakens his argument, by going after Thiel so hard. He clearly disagrees strongly with the guys politics and spends a ton of time in the article attacking him. He also really over simplifies the abilities of Facebook.

Sure Facebook connects people who work and live around each other, but it also connects people of great distances as well. I like to give the example that my brother lives in San Francisco, my sister in Maine, and we’re all playing a game of Scrabble on Facebook.

He seems to argue that bringing people together globally is a bad thing, but I don’t agree with him.

Hodgkinson does make the reader think by writing about the money behind Facebook, but he just comes off a little too strong for me.

One thought on “Facebook

  1. Drew,Connecting across the globe is obviously one of the strengths of the internet. My four siblings and I live in VT, NC & VA, and are dealing with elder care of our parents in Florida. Having the internet for group discussion is essential. Of course you lose the power of the F2F conversation (emotion moslty), but how much time we save and how much we can get done is amazing. So how could Hodgkinson have been more reputable and convincing with his argument? Is there some concern around data mining and the economics and politics of it all? Hmmmmmm….Suzie :)PS: How do you play Scrabble with your sibs??

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