Since I got a Facebook account over 3 years ago, I don’t remember exactly when, I continue to get invites from friends, family, former classmates, colleagues and complete strangers on a weekly basis. It’s downright impossible to “ignore” people you know and to “accept” people you don’t. And it’s been some time now that I’ve been warning people about this “social” and “networking” site which, IMHO, is neither. It is nevertheless one hell of a marketing vehicle, perhaps the best since the invention of TV.
Now comes a new movie called “The Social Network” about the founding of this Internet phenomenon. For those of you that spend a significant amount of time on social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, etc. for private or professional reasons, it may be worthwhile learning a little more about what exactly you are doing every time you log in. There are no free meals. The movie should be out in Italy mid-November. In the meantime, here are some interesting articles and links, including the official movie trailer (in English).
"Facebook in Privacy Breach," Wall Street Journal online (Oct 18)
If you haven't heard of Slavoj Žižek you're in for a surprise, in many senses of the word. He is a professor of philosophy and psychoanalysis at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. This "Animate" version of Žižek's lecture at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA, London) on November 29, 2009 entitled ‘Against Charity’ investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving.