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If you are very famous you will be spoofed

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From the Borowitz Report:

In Controversial Decision, Time Magazine Calls Mark Zuckerberg a Person

Thousands Protest Designation

In my mind this headline doesn’t sound too farfetched!

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Discovery this morning: I like Zadie Smith’s way of thinking and writing

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Mark Zuckerberg, Hail Caesar!
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In NY Review of Books she essays about the Facebook monster and its mentor Mark Zuckerberg. And it’s kind great writing and thinking about this everywhere phenomenon, to wit:

When a human being becomes a set of data on a website like Facebook, he or she is reduced. Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships. Language. Sensibility. In a way it’s a transcendent experience: we lose our bodies, our messy feelings, our desires, our fears. It reminds me that those of us who turn in disgust from what we consider an overinflated liberal-bourgeois sense of self should be careful what we wish for: our denuded networked selves don’t look more free, they just look more owned.

With Facebook, Zuckerberg seems to be trying to create something like a Noosphere, an Internet with one mind, a uniform environment in which it genuinely doesn’t matter who you are, as long as you make “choices” (which means, finally, purchases). If the aim is to be liked by more and more people, whatever is unusual about a person gets flattened out. One nation under a format. To ourselves, we are special people, documented in wonderful photos, and it also happens that we sometimes buy things. This latter fact is an incidental matter, to us. However, the advertising money that will rain down on Facebook—if and when Zuckerberg succeeds in encouraging 500 million people to take their Facebook identities onto the Internet at large—this money thinks of us the other way around. To the advertisers, we are our capacity to buy, attached to a few personal, irrelevant photos.

I wish I could write like that!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/04 at 15:17

Are they reallly serious?

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(The) Facebook profile circa 2004–2005.
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Facebook‘s Plan To Build A Real Email System And Attack Gmail Is Brilliant

That’s what they headlined at Silicon Alley Insider this AM.

But I don’t get it. Every body knows that the least credible way of doing something techie brilliant is to build a new version or an alternative. And yet it’s not built yet and they say it will be brilliant!

Who’se drinking the Cool Aide today???????????

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/02/05 at 22:32