The new ads for Facebook Home are propaganda clips. Transforming vice into virtue, they’re social engineering spectacles that use aesthetic tricks to disguise the profound ethical issues at stake.
Facebook Home Propaganda Makes Selfishness Contagious | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
Another good line: “My argument is that some convictions deserve to be innovation proof. “
The conclusion I’ve come to is what makes Path so special isn’t its limited friend count. It’s not its beautiful design (which I dug into a few months ago). What I’ve realized is so special about Path for me is the consistency of tone.
I may write about this later, but I love this idea of tone in a social media platform.
One quick thought: The writer explicitly says he likes Path not because of the limited friend count— he says he likes it instead because of the tone, one of sharing life experiences. That’s his main point. But I wonder if it’s the limited friend count that actually makes that tone possible. He doesn’t come out and say this, but perhaps that small group is what makes the social media experience, for him and maybe others like him, more enjoyable. Perhaps it’s the intimacy?
Love the lists of what’s in the stream. Very illustrative.
I think one of the key things is that people have begun to behave as though technology is in control of them, instead of the other way round. We can switch the gadgets off but a lot of us have forgotten how to”.
Small study, but interesting data. And it’s good to see people talking about the above quote— that said, it’s still just primarily talking.