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After listening…

After listening to each pod cast, the first thing that caught my attention was actually the last topic. “Is there Life After Facebook?” The age long discussion of whether or not Facebook will last forever, unlike its popular predecessors Myspace & Friendster. Each Myspace & Friendster were something that were very popular, but for only a short period of time, now basically obsolete. I found the correlation between explaining the life expectancy of Facebook with mobile phones very interesting. Before listening to this pod cast I thought of Facebook as Myspace & Friendster, not really having the ability to latch on to masses of people for a prolonged period of time. It’s interesting how Facebook has become the main outlet for activity on the internet versus a simple side tab used for pleasure. Facebook has become a major part of our active society and without it one can even be seen as minute part of popular culture. It’s scary to think about the fact that “there will never not be a period when most human beings on this plant will not be connected to some grid”.

It leaks into that obscure thought of privacy that many people can no longer experience, due to the pressure of society telling us, to be apart of the various outlets of social media and existence. Which leads me to the next pod cast I found interesting, “Facebook V. Europe”. I found the whole concept being discussed more interesting than what was actually being said. It’s a fascinating thought that nothing you post or place on your Facebook page can ever, or will ever actually be deleted. In many instances the delete button becomes somewhat of a security net for users of Facebook, who believe, “well if this is really that bad, or if something happens, I’ll just delete it”, but to what extent is it okay to even post these things in the first place. I know many people who believe that just because there is a delete button they can post things, and if they later realize they shouldn’t have posted it, they’ll delete it in the end.

Both of these concepts of Facebook seemingly lasting forever, and nothing you post actually be able to be deleted are things that make me wonder if I should have ever even made Facebook in the first place, or if it’s safe to have Facebook. All my information and basically my thoughts, pictures, and ideas are now domain for Facebook to use however they please. Social Media can be a great way to get yourself known, or stay connected, but when does it become too much?

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