To be or not to be on Facebook


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I've never been a Facebook user and I take a lot of good-natured abuse from my friends about it. I feel alternately smug and left out, but I'm too paranoid, too private, and ultimately, too easily frustrated by trivial social drama to get sucked in to it at this late date. So it seemed like the logical talking point for my second Digital Media Studies assignment.

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To be or not to be on Facebook

  1. 1. To be or not to be...On FacebookImage by _Max-B [flickr]a flipbook for Film260by Laura MacDonald
  2. 2. “An estimated 93% of millennials use Facebook.”Image by garryknight [flickr]Josh Sanburn - “I’m Not On Facebook and I Don’t Regret It - Yet”
  3. 3. TextTextTextand yet “Facebook is not the Internet. Its just one website......and it comes with a price.”Image by DavidErickson [flickr]Douglas Rushkoff - “Why I’m Quitting Facebook”
  4. 4. “The trueend usersofFacebookare themarketerswho wantto reachandinfluenceus.They areFacebookspayingcustomers;we are theproduct...Image by George Rex [flickr]
  5. 5. ...and we are its workers.”Douglas Rushkoff - “Why I’m Quitting Facebook”Image by Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen [flickr]
  6. 6. “Corporations used to haveto do research to assembleour consumer we do it for them.”Douglas Rushkoff - “Why I’m Quitting Facebook”Image by worldoflard [flickr]
  7. 7. We know this, yet every time Facebook offers us newfunctionality, we dive back in.Image by author
  8. 8. “[WithTimeline]it’sincreasinglyaboutindividualsconnectingwiththemselvesratherthantheirfriends...It’s now athoughtfulchronicleof one’slife thatjusthappens tobe public.”Josh Sanburn - “I’m NotOn Facebook and IDon’t Regret It - Yet”Image by author
  9. 9. And now there’s the Graph Searchtool, allowing ‘friends’ to easilysearch through every piece ofinformation you’ve ever shared.Image by author
  10. 10. “The more accessible our Facebook information becomes......the less obscurity protects our interests.”Image by Runs With Scissors [flickr]Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger - “Obscurity: A Better Way to Think About Your Data Than Privacy”
  11. 11. Andobscuritycan be agood thing.“Obscurity is a protective statethat can further a number ofgoals, such as autonomy, self-fulfillment, socialization, andrelative freedom from theabuse of power.”Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger - “Obscurity:A Better Way to Think About Your Data ThanPrivacy”Image by Jasmic [flickr]
  12. 12. So why not avoid Facebook altogether?Image by time stands still [flickr]
  13. 13. After all, “It can behard enough justgetting througheach day...much lessextensivelydocumentingit all.”Josh Sanburn - “I’m Not On Facebook and IDon’t Regret It - Yet”Image by [flickr]
  14. 14. But what happens when you startmissing birthdays, parties, eventsbecause you’re no longer part ofthe conversation?Image by Kevin McShane [flickr]
  15. 15. “I feel like a generational outliersimply because I don’tparticipate in the one thing Ibelieve defines my generation:Facebook.”Josh Sanburn - “I’m Not On Facebook and I Don’t Regret It - Yet”Image by yiannisPhotos [flickr]
  16. 16. And abstaining fromFacebook isincreasingly seen asnearly as creepy asFacebook itself.Image by Elle Is Oneirataxic [flickr]
  17. 17. “The person with noFacebook presencenow finds him orherself in much thesame position as, goingback a bit, a sweatyperson who, havinglowered his voice inthe pharmacy,requested bothchloroform andquicklime.”Catherine Bennet - “Not On Facebook? What Kind of Sad Sicko Are You?”Image by Bohman [flickr]
  18. 18. “Young people inparticular need toanticipate the reaction ofa future employer whodiscovers, with incredulitythat gives way only tosuspicion and distrust,that an otherwiseimpressive candidate hasrecorded nothing onlineregarding theiraccumulation of friends,social life or holidays infun destinations.”Catherine Bennet - “Not On Facebook? What Kind of Sad Sicko Are You?”Image by S.S.K. [flickr]
  19. 19. “The warnings of Facebook sceptics are drowned by internet punditsproclaiming the backward-looking futility of resistance.”Catherine Bennet - “Not On Facebook? What Kind of Sad Sicko Are You?”Image by Dunechaser [flickr]
  20. 20. Maintaining a Facebook page willalways be a tightrope walk betweenrevealing too much and showing toolittle...Image by Nicolò Paternoster [flickr]
  21. 21. And we have to be conscious -verging on paranoid, possibly -trackswe leave.of theImage by Vu Bui [flickr]
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