Friday, August 28, 2009

The facebook exodus


Facebook, the online social grid, could not command loyalty forever. If you ask around, as I did, you’ll find quitters. One person shut down her account because she disliked how nosy it made her. Another thought the scene had turned desperate. A third feared stalkers. A fourth believed his privacy was compromised. A fifth disappeared without a word.

The exodus is not evident from the site’s overall numbers. According to comScore, Facebook attracted 87.7 million unique visitors in the United States in July. But while people are still joining Facebook and compulsively visiting the site, a small but noticeable group are fleeing — some of them ostentatiously.

NYT


Our modern society is composed of trends.

In order to make anything profit in our low-margin times, we need a giant crowd rushing in.

So we do whatever is required to get them there. This involves dumbing down and tolerating lowest common denominator behavior.

Then, that drives away the movers and shakers, often unacknowledged technology early adopters, who realize (a) the reality never lived up to the hype (b) the few functions they do need are available with lower involvement elsewhere and (c) the idiots have ruined the trend itself.

So while Facebook isn't losing people in terms of numbers, it's losing an important social group it needs, and that's the signal of its long plunge into past trend status.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fox News letter about Glenn Beck boycott


Dear Fox News,

I am writing to you about Glenn Beck in support of your decision to keep him on the air.

I should say first that I'm not a Glenn Beck fan. I don't own a TV and don't like watching it, but I saw a segment on YouTube where he gave people bad computer advice about the government's CARS website.

However, I support Glenn Beck's right to speak and the right of his audience to hear him, and I don't think a bunch of angry, disillusioned underachievers should be allowed to interlope with their boycott and drive him from the air.

Their threatening of his corporate sponsors is a form of "information terrorism," where a small group convinces a larger group to back down through the promise of irrational acts, hatred and fear.

I think people fear what Glenn Beck has to say and for that reason, I think we should all -- left and right, black and white, etc -- support him staying on the air.

I am a Republican voter because the Republican party is the better of two choices. I do not trust liberalism, which neuters us as a culture and brings on massive breakdown. Looking at the results of 1789 and 1917, I can only say that I don't want my country to fall into the same chaos. I am an anti-liberal and someone who believes in culture, family-oriented morality and yes, conservation. If you could do one thing to your conservative programming to make me likely to buy a TV and watch, it's to point out the conservative case for forest conservation, reducing land use, and population controls.

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely,

Steve Harris
Alief, Texas


Hope they like it. Boycotting someone to get their opinions off the air is the most immature act I can imagine.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Attacking diversity is not an attack on any minority group


We are people who agree with the statement:

"Attacking diversity is not an attack on any minority group"



Further, we believe that many forms of diversity -- class, religion, philosophy, politics, ethnicity -- can be opposed without attacking any of the constituent groups.

Facebook / last.fm

Attacking diversity is not an attack on any minority group

Attacking diversity is not an attack on any minority group.

Why? Because we would be committing a fallacy of division. If purple people and green people together compose a system called diversity, and diversity has a property called failure, we have not at any point stated that purple or green people are failures. Most people have a problem comprehending design scope because to learn this tool, they must posses enough spatial IQ.