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"The key quote, which clearly seems to refer to Facebook friending (or at least to so-called 'friend harvesters'): "If the desire for virtual connectedness becomes obsessive, it may in fact function to isolate individuals from real social interaction." Here's the full paragraph:
"The concept of friendship has enjoyed a renewed prominence in the vocabulary of the new digital social networks that have emerged in the last few years. The concept is one of the noblest achievements of human culture. ... We should be careful, therefore, never to trivialise the concept or the experience of friendship. It would be sad if our desire to sustain and develop on-line friendships were to be at the cost of our availability to engage with our families, our neighbours and those we meet in the daily reality of our places of work, education and recreation. If the desire for virtual connectedness becomes obsessive, it may in fact function to isolate individuals from real social interaction while also disrupting the patterns of rest, silence and reflection that are necessary for healthy human development."
"
From http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles_of_faith/2009/01/pope_warns_agai.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed3

OMG

Aug. 28th, 2008 11:17 pm
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Is there anyone who can't find something interesting in this ?

It's like mudwrestling with under-age newsreading gold medallists..

Phew

Jan. 30th, 2008 02:37 am
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c 3,600 words. 2.37am. Well it's a start:) (Actually it's a half way. I hope!)
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rather wonderfully true piece on why we will all fall out of love with Facebook in 2008..

http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2008/01/facebook---the.html

I like the idea that we are "monoamorous" with our technofads too.
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Really interesting stuff from Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing..

"You'd think that Facebook would be the perfect tool for handling all this. It's not. For every long-lost chum who reaches out to me on Facebook, there's a guy who beat me up on a weekly basis through the whole seventh grade but now wants to be my buddy; or the crazy person who was fun in college but is now kind of sad; or the creepy ex-co-worker who I'd cross the street to avoid but who now wants to know, "Am I your friend?" yes or no, this instant, please.

It's not just Facebook and it's not just me. Every "social networking service" has had this problem and every user I've spoken to has been frustrated by it. I think that's why these services are so volatile: why we're so willing to flee from Friendster and into MySpace's loving arms; from MySpace to Facebook. It's socially awkward to refuse to add someone to your friends list -- but removing someone from your friend-list is practically a declaration of war. The least-awkward way to get back to a friends list with nothing but friends on it is to reboot: create a new identity on a new system and send out some invites (of course, chances are at least one of those invites will go to someone who'll groan and wonder why we're dumb enough to think that we're pals). "

Strikes me as pretty damn accurate. Although the easy way to avoid the person who bullied you in 7th grade is, as I do, to hide yourself from search results :)
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http://www.wired.com/software/webservices/news/2007/08/open_social_net

Wired calls for the OS community to build a non proprietary social networking site a la Facebook.

But er isn't that LJ??

In other news: in bed with a bad head cold after a fairly sleepless night. Throat is sore and tummy weird. Pah!!!

Have to be ok by tonight as have tickets to see Adam Hills and Rich Hall with Snotnose's gang!!!

Last night: first show, Sean Lock, pretty good if a tad Anglocentric. JOkes about what a shit summer it's been ("only not such a surprise for you lot I suppose?"), the environment (ve-ry Home Counties), the smoking ban ("yes you've had it for a year here already but it's material isn't it?") I felt slightly embarrassed for himn. Very smooth comedy though. Also luverley yakitori, gyoyza and yakisoba at Bonsai. mm. One bottle of Sapporo made me feel v strange tho so i went home to cough and sniffle :(

Weekend past was lovely; [livejournal.com profile] lilitufire's welcome home lunch at Pancho Villas (shame I went to Viva Mexico first, wasn't it!!); King Kong and pizza at Andy's new and rather nice flat, surrounded by an infinity of boxes plus hyperactive ginger kitten; lots and lots of SLEEP; late lunch at Urban Angel with [livejournal.com profile] thishardenedarm and his pal "Don't Tell the Google" Ish at Urban Angel, dodging the Fringe parade traffic, and a long wistful walk through an almost autumnal Edinburgh past the galleries of Dundas Street and the restaurants of Stockbridge, along the Water of Leith and beyond the Modern Art Gallery. Came back and saw my first ep of Studio 60, which was brill - how long has it ben on C4?
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So what does everyone think of this story?

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article2087306.ece

Leaving aside whether Oxford should have antiquated rules forbidding students from celebrating (oh f'heavens sake!), who is most in the wrong here?

Should the girl have checked to make sure her facebook "privacy" settings actually stopped everyone seeing her pix of drunken devastation?

Should Oxford have allocated resources to people "spying" on facebook?

Should Facebook have offered privacy to my-Friends-Only as the default, not leaving it up to the sense of people who think sparying each other with champagne and flour is the height of wit?

Should info gathered on facebook be regarded as de jure "private" and therefore not useable, say, as evidence in "court" (like evidence gathered in nprivate houses when police break in without a warrant) - or is that as silly as saying that if proctors had seen flour battles in the street they shouldn't have been able to use the evidence of their own eyes?

Is Facebook "private" or "public"??
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It's not just Harry Potter fanfic writers who need to worry about their journals:-)

http://www.out-law.com/page-8095

yes, I'm having a lawsurfing day. can you tell??

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