Sooner or later we will all be monetizing ourselves on the Web. Such arrangements as this will be omnipresent and refined. Everyone will be able to produce something real and use virtual means to market it. I plan to experiment to see what works. This is part of that experiment.
Today’s breaking news notes Mitt Romney’s staying power, Red Tube’s banality and the low esteem in which aesthetics is held, considers the current state of US online businesses and China, links to a post-automobile street action in Bristol and reprises an exegesis of Bob Dylan’s enjoyable song “I and I”. This is a feature I am trying out. If there is good response I will continue it.
Not everything about Facebook comes up roses. Here are a few posts that suggest what gives me pause about the entity.
More fathoming of Facebook. I doubt that even with the film about Facebook we are even close to understanding what might lie at the root of Facebook’s power. That rootage lies in the understanding of what creates revolutions. I do not claim to have made this link in any serious way. But my intuition is that it has to do with the role of the middle class in generating democratic revolutions and with Facebook’s ethos in that respect. It would be a supreme irony in today’s killing the middle class environment if the ultimate power in the world was, er, bourgeois power. Or should I say bourgeois conversion with a nod to Leadbelly.
Fathoming Facebook is a most interesting exercise. Facebook has aspects that make it a vastly more potent entity than anything out there. On the other hand, Facebook points to the most elementary thing. That in today’s world we need to limn the realities of connection that exist that never existed before or that are radically changed, requiring new rules and habits.. Social networking is less and less able to embrace what Facebook may actually be about. The following posts are toes in the water, not yet full fathom five. That Mark Zuckerberg and Adam Panflick were both products of Exeter is not observed but is of some interest. I give Exeter reasonably high marks in the values (aka no harm) department.
Google is either clueless or seriously nasty.
This link will take you to my “buried” defense.
Maybe there is life without Google after all. The post below and several others of my most popular posts are not to be found on Google. But I will guess that THIS post will be found. Such is the bile Google directs at Associated Content/Yahoo Contributor Network. Google is right up there on my daily forgiveness list.