Here are some things I have come to believe about Facebook:
- It is not acting in your best interest.
- It creates a false sense of community.
- Its algorithms are actively trying to manipulate you.
- It is addictive.
- It is toxic.
- It promotes tribalism.
- It appeals to our baser instincts.
- It does not challenge you.
- It does not inspire personal growth.
- It makes a lot of money off of you.
- It learns from you.
- Its relationship with you is based on a great imbalance of power.
- It shows you what it thinks you want to see.
- It is a closed system.
- It does not share its data.
- Its program is designed to keep things inside the “walled garden.”
- It is constantly watching everything you do with it.
- Its creators will do whatever it takes to remain in power.
- It is not accountable.
- It has no oversight.
- It has no regulation.
- It is actively rearranging your neural pathways to become dependent on it.
- It needs you.
- It is easily gamed.
The irony is that many of you may have linked to this article from Facebook. Although, knowing my (lack of) activity on it recently, it is difficult to predict how its algorithms will interact to bring viewers and clicks away from itself and onto my blog here.
I agree. Would I post it on my blog if I didn’t?
If people in the far future were to unearth troves of 20th and 21st-century photographs, the first thing they might ask is “Why are they always smiling?”
Source: The Case For Real Smiles
James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change | Video on TED.com.
So the reasons I post external stuff on my blog are varied: some are funny, some are inspiring, some are cool, some I connect with on some level. This one speaks to one of the defining issues of my generation and future generations. The biggest problem in America is that this issue has been politicized. People listen to the loudest, not the smartest. I want it to be known for the sake of posterity that I did not ignore the warnings and I contributed, in what ways I could, to the preservation of our ecosystem.
Humanity is on the verge of one of our greatest challenges. I am quite cynical about human nature and fear it will take many humongous disasters to shake us into action, and by that time the opportunity for effective action will have passed. However I am also optimistic that we can avert catastrophe if only we listen to our planet, our home: the only one we have.