Facebook’s Bad Joke is on All of Us - the Two.1 Billion Users.

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Facebook’s Bad Joke is on All of Us - the Two.1 Billion Users.

Postby IU2Bmanoletters » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:14 pm

It's time for everyone who contributes to Facebook in any way to consider the following questions, among others:
1. Have I become a mindless, trivial, bullshit-fixated Facebook fanatic, addicted through my smartphone, ambling down urban and suburban streets, poking and thumbing away, oblivious perhaps, even to the traffic rushing about me?
2. Might interacting on Facebook be a more "private," less intrusive endeavor if I went back to making status updates and following others by means of a (stationary) computer keyboard, rather than by the (GPS-tracked-in-real-time) supercomputer in my pocket? Mightn't I be BETTER OFF going back to a Tracfone, and doing my Facebooking activities via a desktop or laptop computer EXCLUSIVELY?
3. Do I really WANT Facebook's cameras installed in my very living room?
4. How about the idea of "liking" my own (and others') totally nonsensical, gibberish-enunciated status updates, in an effort to thwart the completely understandable, narcissistic effect that receiving oodles of "likes" has upon my psyche and the psyches of others?
5. Should I really continue to click on Facebook's ads, the ULTIMATE device for corporate surveillance, benefiting to the nth degree Facebook's astonishing control of the digital universe on an absolutely unprecedented basis?

“Can We Be Saved From Facebook?
The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?”
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/p ... ok-629567/
"Facebook wants to put a camera in your living room:"
https://www.cultofmac.com/581592/facebo ... ving-room/

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Re: Facebook’s Bad Joke is on All of Us - the Two.1 Billion Users.

Postby gargantua » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:32 pm

Do people really click on the ads? I never do. Won't give 'em the satisfaction.

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Postby gozer » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:48 am

what did people expect? the founder of the operation isn't exactly st francis of assisi . . . he starts out as a basket case and 85. percentile sociopath and when the money flows full blast and folks like katie couric and others start making such a big deal out of him he turns into a full-scale megalomaniac . . .
i used it briefly around 10 years ago as an alternative to e-mail for people without a single i s p or whatever and quit within about 15 months for the reasons given above and the software bloat of the page itself. jesus christ -- here i come from the telnet-uucp-vaxnotes world of shell accounts and console-mode applications and there is this monstrosity (bumbook). when those things started disappearing, i had to get together with about 20 people and start our own i s p . . .

alternatively, i can read twitter, as well as i d p f, many programming sites, national weather service, environment canada, météo france and other weather sites with lynx

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Re: Facebook’s Bad Joke is on All of Us - the Two.1 Billion Users.

Postby Beaver » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:43 am

What else will I do at work?

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Re: Facebook’s Bad Joke is on All of Us - the Two.1 Billion Users.

Postby Ducatista » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:08 pm

gargantua wrote:Do people really click on the ads? I never do. Won't give 'em the satisfaction.

Sure. I found my favorite shoe brand ever via facebook ad.

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Re: Facebook’s Bad Joke is on All of Us - the Two.1 Billion Users.

Postby IU2Bmanoletters » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:40 pm

Keeping in mind what I had in mind originally, here's a suggestion: Post samples of "wisdom," preferably in alternate script, such as the following:
"Boot always be end kids asky, without she any wrong thing dune had, became he one-aliked dull day intercepted. Starts one if Northwestern determined Tracey by-van so received O'Kelly interminable; facing Elk Weekend! warrants isothermic comprehensive St. Lawrence Kevin - the who-who offerings, Meritocratic Ahmed stuff. Baltic miso in 1453 doings anti-Ziegler's mouthwash."
(Translate into Finnish, Welsh, Old Irish, Armenian, Hebrew, Bengali, Innupik, etc., then "LIKE!")

(Transcribed into my own homegrown, "American" orthography:)
"Buut awlweiz bii end kidz aeskii, withaut shii enii rong thing duun haed, biikeim he w@n-@laikt d@l dei intrseptid. Starts w@n if Northwestrn d@trmind Treisi bai-vaen sou r@siivd Ou'Kelii intrmi@bl; Feising Elk Wiikend! worentz aisothrmik kampriihensiv Seint Lorents Kevin - dhe huu-huu oferingz, Meritoukraetik Amed st@f. Bawltik miisou in 1453 duuingz aenti-Ziiglrz mauthwawsh."

Now then, here's your true measure of success, as it relates to attempted interception and interpretation by Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, NSA, etc... you may just get the following type of message:
"Oops! Google Translate did not respond: please try again!"
It would be VERY interesting to find out if those corporations and/or governmental/private spy agencies could make the SLIGHTEST profit, to say nothing of any SENSE, from postings such as these.

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Postby IU2Bmanoletters » Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:18 pm

Let the WEIRD go out - let all mine Farcebook (en Ithsmus forons two) fiends no, weather Phriend or Phoe, that EYE have KNOT abandanado mine "I Like Nonsense Farcebook Strike." Ore boycott, if yuo LIKE:) Accordingly, I shell knot be makeing any fockin' cents, from time to timer. Ja zeker, M'neer, in het Beginne was (AGAIN!) het Woord... en laat het (undeciphered) goe out, in the Winter of our beaten down American content, that thy inscrotumatable Etruscan and Cretan Linear B are Hoeffentlich, zu mindest, to be .com-posted und LIKED, LIKED, LIKED. Y remain uninteligi-babble.

You scream, I scream - we all scream for Gibberish Team! Putt that in yuor Analogorhythm and Shrink hit, Farcebook! You alles weren't bee evil two make any headway, let alone any Moolah, Deng, Monie, Dinero, Zloty, Pound Sterling, Bread, Lira, Dough, Lolly OR Sheckels oof my drivel, Farc Snockerberg, Sterile Standborg, Googlers $upreemo, Boris Twitter, Geoffery Bozos, OR Ronald Dumbsfeld. So join "us," NOWWWW!!!! STOP makeing Cents, and Bluddie weal LIKE HIT!

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Postby IU2Bmanoletters » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:41 pm

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Postby gargantua » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:07 pm

Not to put too fine a point on it, but this isn't Facebook, so I can't like your posts.

Since we're spitballing here, how about doing inappropriate likes. Like use the laughing one for something sad, or angry for something funny.

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Postby IU2Bmanoletters » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:13 pm

Admit it, you're one of the billion+ Farcebookers, so this IS relevant. Of course, if you AREN'T, you have my admiration for your incredible restraint in the face of grinding addiction.

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Postby snoqueen » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:31 pm

I cancelled my FB account more than a year ago and haven't looked back. In a short time you find substitute activities, even off line ones. Highly recommended.

I have to admit I didn't like the whole thing to begin with, which made it a lot easier. There are a few public interest groups I miss, including the Historic Madison one, but the way I kept being bombarded with weird political crap was so unpleasant it outweighed the good. For a while I had a fake name account so I could still look at the good stuff, but one day they shut it down and that was that. They offered to reopen it in exchange for my phone number, and I decided no way.

Now that we know more about their creepy business model, I would think people would be resigning right and left. Maybe they are, but don't count on FB to tell anyone.

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Postby gozer » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:44 pm

snoqueen wrote:I cancelled my FB account more than a year ago and haven't looked back. In a short time you find substitute activities, even off line ones. Highly recommended.

I have to admit I didn't like the whole thing to begin with, which made it a lot easier. There are a few public interest groups I miss, including the Historic Madison one, but the way I kept being bombarded with weird political crap was so unpleasant it outweighed the good. For a while I had a fake name account so I could still look at the good stuff, but one day they shut it down and that was that. They offered to reopen it in exchange for my phone number, and I decided no way.


jesus h christ . . . a little bit of terminal trollophobia at facebook? the one really serious facebook person i know of quit because she sent a request to someone from long ago or perhaps there was the same name and no picture for someone, then they ostensibly hit whatever button there is for close with inaction and facebook sent her this horrible, heavy-handed form letter type message about sending messages to people one does not know, threatening to cancel her account without further notice if she did it again . . . i never could figure out if it was a dark, hysterical facet of contemporary american culture, or maybe silicon valley, a peculiarity of facebook, or zuckerberg's insanity being contagious and an unwritten part of the mission statement . . .

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Postby gozer » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:03 pm

IU2Bmanoletters wrote:Admit it, you're one of the billion+ Farcebookers, so this IS relevant. Of course, if you AREN'T, you have my admiration for your incredible restraint in the face of grinding addiction.


it is a bad habit sui generis and the worst of the worst amongst the social media organisations . . . there is no true morbid seek orientation because there are usually not serious supply interruptions* and not a whole institution to deal with like the erstwhile iron triangle of patient, physician, and apotheke and now the fucking government and cops are in on the act†, unlike suchtgifte like miss emma, hooch, c-jam, benzodiazepines, and the like. the thing which makes compulsive gambling such a treacherous problem for a lot of people is a curious psychological element to it -- the compulsive gambler can often get a much bigger bang out of a near-miss than actually winning. there's no such thing as sex addiction -- people just like to fuck, and they should. it can also be a continuation of politics by other means. the complainers have to be folks who aren't getting any.

of course, a near-miss for a particularly high-libido individual with a vicissitudinous and/or clandestine supply is not at all enjoyable -- usually an occasion for hand-wringing and maybe a tumber or six of everclear or jack daniels or maybe doing eight lines of c-jam or a 50 piece of crack, maybe even a visit from aunt hazel or miss emma or trying out some oxy -- that may be more the speed of the "sex addict" contingent as oxycodone aka 7,8-dihydro-14-hydroxycodeinone combines the properties of schoolboy, miss emma, c-jam, and caffeine, as noted by william s burroughs and british, austrian, and german pharmacologists in the 1920s -- i personally think that it comes from monking with the oxygen bridge from the 7 to 8 position on the morphine carbon skeleton because oxymorphone and hydromorphinol do it too to a lesser extent . . .

so it's the worst of the worst -- i hear about people dealing with rage or depression or whatever if something happens or doesn't and u have others who blame social media for everything. nope, it is garbage in - garbage out just like excel or lotus or quattro pro or a fortran compiler or the bash shell . . .

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Postby gargantua » Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:18 pm

IU2Bmanoletters wrote:Admit it, you're one of the billion+ Farcebookers, so this IS relevant. Of course, if you AREN'T, you have my admiration for your incredible restraint in the face of grinding addiction.

Among the people I know, the older you are, the less likely you are to have a Facebook account. And many people over 60 who do have accounts seldom use them. My theory is that their kids or grandkids nagged them into it and probably had to help them set up the account.
I am an exception. At 65, while I don't spend hours on it, I do check it more than I should. It's just too easy, like during a TV ad, to reach over and grab that smartphone. I've read, and fully believe, that they use the same science that casinos do to draw us in and keep us scrolling.


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