Virtual Identities and Choice.
originally posted on Kat’s blog.
An excellent argument as to why you don’t need to be on Facebook, the black plague of social media, in my opinion, although there’s not an enormous amount of difference between any of them.
It isn’t ‘free’ as they like to tell you. You ‘pay’ with your personal details. I’ve also written before about how I object to their moral compass, a world wherein videos of beheadings pass muster while ‘nude’ -or simply breast-feeding Mums- are banned. What does that say about the world in which Facebook operate?
Kat makes some excellent points, and offers alternatives and solutions to avatars ‘need’ to operate on social media such as Facebook.
Reblogged this on Recked with Finn West and commented:
I would never join Facebook because it judges those that are different.
Freedom of expression is everything. It is a vital human right! And Facebook denies that right in order not to offend the businesses and conservatives that ensure their viability as a money-making business.
Stay nude and say no to Facebook!
The only reason Facebook appeals to me is because of what I’m told is a really thriving Second Life userbase there, which is surprising given their staunch disapproval of people using their SL avatar names on accounts. If people would move en masse over to a place like Avatar Social Network, which seems to be the most FB-like of the avatar-friendly social media sites, that would be a fantastic development. Whether it’s habit, loyalty or some other factor, people still seem to enjoy interacting on Facebook despite the fact that their accounts are subject to being deleted without notice at any time. Makes me wonder what I’m missing that’s so compelling! 🙂
I’ve heard the same thing, Ever, but I just can’t bring myself to be on Facebook. And you’re right, if people would leave/stop using the service, Facebook would either have to change its policies or go under. Facebook has done a bang-up job of convincing people they ‘need’ Facebook, when in fact, the opposite is true. 😦