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THE KINGDOM OF FACEBOOK: HOW THE CULT OF SHARING TURNED INTO A GREEDY MONARCHY


Society & Culture  (tags: freedoms, politics, society, internet, society, media, cyberspace, democracy, rules, participation, worldwide webnews, politics, society, rights, ethics, freedoms, internet )

Cal
- 633 days ago - worldcrunch.com
Facebook has just announced that it would no longer be asking members for their input when changing the rules - such as data protection rules. This is not just a technical detail. It is an open admission that maybe Zuckerberg wasn't really serious about d



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BarbCat SunshineLady (1642)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:33 pm
Thnx Cal for this. It's a shame that FBers have to 'bow down' to this young man's new rules. In a way, Zuckerberg reminds me of the character 'Dennis the Menace' played so well by Jay North, who was infamous for changing the rules.
 

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:48 pm
FarceBook - NO, thanks!

CLOSE YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT !! (u2b, 3:17)

" Man darf die meisten Dinge nur sagen, wie sie sind, um eine treffliche Satire zu machen. [ You only have to say most things as they are to make felicitous satire {my transl.} ] " -- Johann Gottfried Seume (1763-1810), Apokryphen, S. 1359)
 

John B. (215)
Friday November 30, 2012, 8:10 pm
Thanks Cal. No Facebook for me and I don't tweet either. Read and noted.
"One can say most things just as they are to make an admirable satire."
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 30, 2012, 10:23 pm
I've never been a fan of Facebook and never joined. My friends and family (except for my son, who feels the same way) couldn't understand my apprehension. Now I'm glad I didn't.

 

John S. (300)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:01 am
Never saw the point of facebook, still don't.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 11:45 pm
I have a Facebook account but only glance at it once a day to see how my children are doing and to laugh at my son's latest puns. I find it very jittery and visually uncomfortable and prefer care2 for communication with lovely people any day!! Noted, thanks Cal.
 

Maureen C. (3)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:22 am
I've never really trusted Facebook for some reason -- now I'm glad I didn't! but I do have a 'ghost' FB account, under my nickname, with required personal details slightly fudged, and linked only to a secondary email account; so that I can generate donations to causes with a vote or a 'Like', and keep up with friends and family who 'do' Facebook -- it's worth having an account for that.
 

Pogle S. (88)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:32 am
Well what would one expect; he used to be one of us 99% but now he's become a member of the 1% and taken on their values of selfishness and greed.

However there's time yet for him to become a philanthropist like Bill Gates.
 

Shalvah Landy (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:25 am
There were people who saw through Hitler when he started out...I may not have 'seen' the person but I never registered on facebook.
And by the way I can't stand the fact that the 'share my comment on facebook' box, is ticked here on care2!
 

Cheryl O. (82)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:16 am
Everyone needs to really think twice before supporting facebook. It has become a place with NO RIGHT, NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH, they track everything you do, if you speak against the status quo you will be terminated. I know because I was terminated after posting a video about 911. People are being arrested for speaking out on facebook. The reason facebook is so popular isn't the reason you might think. Why do you think the US government has tried time and time again to buy all rights to facebook. Thank you for passing on the real awareness of the facebook situation. I find my termination a real blessing actually it woke me up to things I had never dreamed were going on.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:31 am
Facebook has always made me think of high school cliques - I have no time for it.
 

g d c. (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:46 am
why is anyone surprised???
 

Thomas B. (1)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:24 pm
I am really pissed that i get reply emails for every petition telling me to post on FB! Why is there no opt-out for this annoyance?
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:03 pm
Thanks for posting, Cal. No Facebook or Twitter for me, either. Although the privacy issue is the most significant reason, if I got myself involved in either of those, I'd never have any free time. It seemed initially that many found this to be a great way to communicate w/friends & family members....exchanging photos and info. Unfortunately, many seem to have joined to acquire a sort of "celebrity status" or bragging rights for their number of "followers."
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:36 pm
Interesting. He seems to have gone to the "dark side."
 

pam M. (98)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:19 pm
I too dislike facebook. Only use to try and promote my blogs and keep up with family goings on. Not very dedicated I may go on site once a week just to check in with family and friends. Not my have to must go to site. Too many youngsters on the site and nut cases.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 7:02 pm
The slogan here and elsewhere is 'greed is good'. What a morally moribund society we live in.
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:49 pm
I've never joined Facebook, but if I had, I'd have closed my account long since.

Now I'm wondering why anyone stays there...

Surely there must be more agreeable alternatives?
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 9:12 pm
facebook sucks always has alway will
 

Sherri O. (257)
Monday December 3, 2012, 4:02 am
Zuckerberg is the creepiest person on the planet. He makes you wonder what he and his equally creepy wife do in the sub-basement.
 

Sarah G. (110)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:15 am
I have never used facebook, and have no intention of ever doing so.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:56 am
WOW! I thought I was the only one who distrusted and refused to sign up with FB! I'm glad to know so many others feel the same way.
 

Shirley B. (5)
Monday December 3, 2012, 10:38 am
Don't do Facebook, don't tweet- I have a LIFE.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday December 3, 2012, 10:44 am
I have never had a FB account and the more I keep reading on it the more I'm glad I never have opened one. I also do not like that C2 has connected to FB in some way.
The Truth behind Operation Facebook - ANONYMOUS
 

Aaron Bouchard (127)
Monday December 3, 2012, 10:52 am
Left facebook privacy issues are too loose
 

Cheryl O. (82)
Monday December 3, 2012, 11:16 am
I agree with all of you about the way Facebook has been tied into so many websites. Here lately I have seen that you can't even get on certain sites without logging into facebook so those of us, now including myself, who don't have one are SOL. In the real world if you had say 200 followers it would be time to change some serious stalking laws on FB people beg for it. It seems common sense has taken the backseat. If I had 2000 people at my door wanting into my business I think I would be a little afraid. LOL Oh well denial is comfortable for some but very deadly. Let everyone go back to sleep now. Reality is no longer a way to live I guess for some.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:48 pm
I confess. I do have a fb account. I signed up for it in the beginning so that I could keep in touch with friends and family. I now only use it to get petitions out to as many as possible. I do not check it every day. I simply share petitions and close it out again. The sad thing is very few people that I am connected to on fb rarely sign any of the petitions that I post. They prefer to keep their heads in the sand. If it were not for the fact that it is the only way of having contact with the most important people in my life I would drop fb in a heartbeat.
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Monday December 3, 2012, 3:24 pm
I am HORRIFIED!

I wanted to post on the Aviva Community Fund and, although I was signed in there, was asked to sign to post, and was going to sign in though Hotmail - and was asked if I'd let FACEBOOK - which I've never joined - access my information!

I said no and was not allowed to sign in.
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 12:47 am
I've never had a Facebook account though I've gotten plenty of invtiations from friends to join and even entertained the idea in the past. But with Facebook's privacy problems (amongits many others) I wouldn't even think about it. Thanks Cal.
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 8:41 am
Too many problems with FB. Never joined and never will.
 

Mary D. (64)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 12:18 pm
I live in California, and my three siblings - two brothers and a sister - all live in Texas. Also my nieces and nephews. I haven't seen any of them for years, but I love them all. If I had more money, I would do more flying, but even so, my life in California keeps me very busy. And the same goes for my siblings in Texas. I keep in touch with my family members through Facebook. I know what my brothers and sister, nieces and nephews are doing, what careers they have chosen to pursue, etc. etc. etc. If it weren't for Facebook, I probably would lose touch altogether.

I hope the day comes when my siblings and their kids can afford to visit California. However, they have busy lives as well. I'm hoping that we'll have a family reunion that doesn't involve Facebook - but until it happens, it will keep us in touch.

And before anyone else out there sneers about this idea,
 

Mary D. (64)
Saturday December 8, 2012, 12:20 pm
my guess is that you probably haven't even tried it. Think about it!
 
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