Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Social Tsar

Sorry, but Tsar Zuckerberg’s law of sharing is FLAWED.

By sharing more and more, the individual is diminishing himself/herself --- sucked into the "internet whole" thus becoming less and less and less important as one unique person with one unique voice.

Decisions are already being made. As they were in the past. Will the 99% also lose control of the free Internet as we now know it?

We cannot underestimate the sheer social power of the Net: that's what Zuckerberg/FACEBOOK is attempting to gain complete control of: Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, says she expects a deepening impact of social media on everything from private lives to presidential politics. WHOA NELLY!

On facebook, Huma Ahmad writes "rampant consumerism and manufacturing 'wants' to be our needs kills our souls, preach on sista'!!! ppl don't want 'the finer things' in life, they want x-boxes and they will pepper spray everyone else in the face at a walmart in LA to get it." What a lot of people fail to realize, is that facebook wants to be your number one want, while fbook itself wants COMPLETE CLOUD CONTROL over your internet relations with others.

Homa Arkani sees the light - check out her idealised images of beautiful women, extensively produced and proliferated via international media, are in accordance with the psychic tendencies of this generation. These doll-like girls yearn to have a Western lifestyle: luxurious, high-tech, liberating, joyful, colourful and beautiful. Such a wish, however, can never be carried out, since, on the one hand, it is not possible for them to ignore or escape from their traditional background; and on the other hand they are the consumers of a distorted image of the West, i.e., such a world does not factually exist.

On her facebook page, my super-smart friend Sharmin shared an epiphany - I think it may have its roots in her involvement as a student-activist and her recent embrace of the principles of the Occupy movement:But it is so much more than just "spiritual depression" - it is people coming face to face with a future they did not bargain for - a future that was written in the past.


This, my friends, is that sneaky "cloud computing" ("ONE VOICE") crap - the idea is - to get all of your stuff "on the cloud" so that your little personal computer or laptop is a sterile entity unless it is connected to the internet. Think of it like digital communism.

This is totally WRONG! Would you really really really want to be an automoton? On par with a dog?

THE LAST SHOULD BE THE FIRST ::: As if to cement her argument, Sandberg writes about "The corollary of caring" - which should be at the BEGINNING of the article - because it is truth . Indeed, online sharing IS leading directly to offline engagement and activism. But that would be done even if facebook and the "cloud" didn't exist. Online Sharing started years ago with community bulletin boards (BBS) and grew to include elements such as the micro-loan concept. Is the social network longing to be the General Motors of the Internet? Can't help but wonder.

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