The Face(book) of De-Personalization

November 11, 2010

Facebook has been my on my radar quite a bit the past week. And I’m not talking about activity in my personal Facebook account – but more of an outside, philosophical view of the company.

On the weekend I saw the movie –  “The Social Network”. I also finished Jaron Lanier’s excellent book – You are not a gadget .  And then yesterday, author Jadie Smith’s enlightening review of “The Social Network” popped up in my RSS feed.

Here are some selected snippets from her review that I thought worthy of sharing:

“When a human being becomes a set of data on a website like Facebook, he or she is reduced”

“Facebook, our new beloved interface with reality, was designed by a Harvard sophomore”

“500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore”

“our denuded networked selves don’t look more free, they just look more owned”

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