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  •  Awesome and true (7+ / 0-)

    Social networking is a bubble, and a way to acclimate us to zero privacy.

    I left Facebook -- which was hard because a lot of people I do really care about and who live far from me stayed in touch there -- about 6 months ago, and have no intention of returning.  I won't use  G+ or Twitter or any of the other social media platforms either.  I think their evangelists vastly oversell their democratizing potential, and vastly underestimate the role they play in piping corporate ruling class ideology into peoples' brains, while sucking any productivity or privacy they had left up into the maw of commerce.

    The internet is not the world.  For many of us who are here, we need to face the fact that we are somewhat addicted and easily seduced into thinking what happens online is what happens in the world.  Most politics still has to happen face to face to be effective. And the most oppressed among us often continue to be oppressed across the digital divide.

    I'm increasingly resistant to answering all my email even.  It was liberating to quit the social media hysteria, though, as a first step.

    •  The money quote (2+ / 0-)
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      I think their evangelists vastly oversell their democratizing potential, and vastly underestimate the role they play in piping corporate ruling class ideology into peoples' brains, while sucking any productivity or privacy they had left up into the maw of commerce.
      That's why I am surprised by the somewhat blasé attitude by many here, including the site owner, regarding suggestions that the oligarchy might actually be attempting to control the message. I will agree that it certainly isn't a new concept, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have a very healthy skepticism about the media, including the internet.

      A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

      by slatsg on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 08:31:56 AM PST

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    •  They won. They held your friends hostage as (3+ / 0-)
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      blackmail for using their system. You had your choice keep your friends by playing the game or lose your friends.

      It is easier for some to lose that game. Some people move every 3 years. They have friends and family in all 50 states. They want to 'talk over the back fence' to these people. To keep up with the mundane life's stories. To maintain friendships.

      In order to do that, you have to play the game or be isolated. The younger people are the more vulnerable they are to this blackmail. Losing this game means suicide to many of them.

      Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

      by 88kathy on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 09:51:46 AM PST

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