For our first assignment , we were asked to watch YouTube critique of Facebook and to decide if I would like to do a poster campaign for joining Facebook.
I have found 6 YouTube with differing opinions:
1. This video argues for negative consequences of Facebook. That it has the right to use all your information and that there’s no privacy . The video highlights the fact Facebook share information to 3rd parties and the government.
Personally, I am not that paranoid about identity theft and privacy . There are many people on Facebook, and I doubt I am that important to the government.
2. Second consequence might be that your family and friends might find out things about you that you didn’t intend to expose about yourself to.
This is exemplified by this video where a teenager’s letter whinging about house work was picked up by her father.
I can certainly relate to this as I have many friends with disability and different sexual orientation that might not necessarily want everyone to find out on Facebook.
3.Another argument is that Facebook is in control of what you see, and that it’s main purpose is Capitalism and prompts users to promote themselves by paying Facebook.
I agree with this to a certain degree. However, it has been possible for me to ignore all adds and promotion so far on Facebook. My primary use of Facebook has been to stay in touch with my friends all over the world.
Here are more positive aspects of Facebook.
1. This video shows that Facebook keeps you connected to those that matter to you.
2. This video highlights that you can find new friends with shared interest- no matter how obscure.
3. This video speaks especially to myself as an activist. Facebook has been revolutionary in terms of connecting people to do activism.
In conclusion, I would like to make a campaign for people to join Facebook. The target for this campaign will be for age groups late 20s to 30s that might be interested in activism to reflect my own interests.The problem faced in Facebook are no different than any other modern day issues facing the society. Despite the capitalistic aims and privacy issues of Facebook, I feel it has been positive force in uniting people to take action.