I’m Not Crazy, I Swear! Just Check Out My Facebook Page!
Radiation Level: Frenetic
Listening To: Jesus Christ Pose by Sound Garden
I loved KodakGirl’s blog post today ! It’s worth puttin’ yer glasses on and taking a gander. Click on link below to read it:
My favorite part is where this woman (who’s written an email looking for a screenwriter) claims she’s a very normal, sane person (who is just happening to contact a COMPLETE STRANGER to write a script about her personal, life-changing, amazing, break-the-box-office-story without so much as ever having read a sample of her writing). To offer proof of her sanity, she urges KodakGirl go to her Facebook Page. I guess I didn’t see it coming, but now Facebook – the biggest time-wasting activity other than blogging – sets the bar for stability and non-lunacy?
Let’s compare the old bastions of sanity. Owning a home, gainful employment, member of the PTA, member of a church or synagogue were once signs that a person is part of and contributes to their community and accepted by said community. Well, Facebook does provide a venue to participate in a community – people make “friends” and must comply to the social norms of the site i.e.: refrain from being obscene or threatening, but does a cyber-community mean the same thing as a real one? I know there are rules and if you break them, people can de-friend you, but so much is controlled by the poster, as opposed to the community as a whole. I know I only put photos on Facebook that look *FUN* and where I think I look the most put-together. I do ask people to take photos down when I think I look ugly, etc. because I’m terribly vain. And what does it mean if a person doesn’t have a Facebook page? That they are anti-social or merely private? That they are very busy with more important things or simply computer illiterate?
When Bush was in office, there was a lot of debate over wiretapping and American’s right to privacy under the constitution. But the younger generation of today and tomorrow are re-defining privacy. It is the new norm to “put everything out there” despite or in light of knowing it just takes a Google search to find it. I’d be curious to know if a 19-year-old of today thinks wire tapping is egregious when one takes into consideration that a person’s cyber footprint is all over the web, obtainable with just a few key strokes. With this cultural shift, I have to believe that this generation’s new definition of privacy is creating a new definition of sanity – for better or worse. Especially with all the designer drugs, anti-depressants, and the de rigor-ness of college kids taking Adderal as a study aid, how can it not be changed?
Because I’m in the Extractor’s Club, I should be safe in all circumstances. Wanna join? Click the link below…