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Facebook's Final #ZUCKUP

Let the exodus from the social network begin.

Ever since Facebook became an indispensable aspect of our lives, there has been a growing sense of foreboding that something is not quite right, a premonition that eventually we would need to make a total break with the site. In recent weeks, however, the importance of the social network for fomenting insurrections abroad has led many of us to conclude that Facebook was on the verge of transcending its narrow commercial concerns, that it was on the brink of elevating itself into a neutral platform for social revolution. Yesterday, our hopes were finally dashed.

On March 29, Facebook callously deleted the organizing page for the Third Intifada, a call for a Palestinian popular uprising to shake off Israel's brutal occupation that had over 200,000 supporters. The Third Intifada's Twitter and Google-owned YouTube pages still exist. Facebook's act of suppression is an unforgivable #ZUCKUP, may it be the last.

The first major #ZUCKUP was the commercialization of friendship. The second disturbing #ZUCKUP was the remorseless pursuit of privacy-invasive technologies. The third #ZUCKUP, the one that will be remembered as the final nail in Facebook's coffin, is the cynical attempt to stand in the way of history by blocking the people's worldwide movement toward self-governance and democracy.

Let us now kill Facebook with this #ZUCKUP campaign. Pull your allegiance, delete your account and watch for the day that Facebook implodes spectacularly.

In committing communal Facebook suicide, we will open up the possibility of new activist innovations, improved social apps for revolt, fresh perspectives on how to turn online passion into real world action.

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Karolina

I have never been, nor will I ever be, on facebook. The idea of a 'social' site always seemed strange to me, especially these days where it is difficult enough to keep your private sphere out of the public one. Friends have attempted, many times, to get me on the site (especially when I packed up and moved across the ocean) but their arguments were futile. Its easy to stay connected and in touch with people you love, no matter how far, without the use of a internet application as your medium. It may take a little more work than uploading photos and commenting on your friends statuses, but its much more intimate and meaningful. In these days of hyper-consumerism and rampant political capitalism, building and maintaining relationships based on human interactions really is a wonderfully freeing and honest action.
Ps. Why in the world is there a like button for facebook in a article against facebook and for facebook suicide? Kind of like someone protesting slaughterhouses while chewing on a bloody chunk of meat.

Karolina

I have never been, nor will I ever be, on facebook. The idea of a 'social' site always seemed strange to me, especially these days where it is difficult enough to keep your private sphere out of the public one. Friends have attempted, many times, to get me on the site (especially when I packed up and moved across the ocean) but their arguments were futile. Its easy to stay connected and in touch with people you love, no matter how far, without the use of a internet application as your medium. It may take a little more work than uploading photos and commenting on your friends statuses, but its much more intimate and meaningful. In these days of hyper-consumerism and rampant political capitalism, building and maintaining relationships based on human interactions really is a wonderfully freeing and honest action.
Ps. Why in the world is there a like button for facebook in a article against facebook and for facebook suicide? Kind of like someone protesting slaughterhouses while chewing on a bloody chunk of meat.

tkaptur

Obviously the person who wrote this snippet isn't in charge of changing that line of code. It seems like you'd want to share this type of stuff on facebook though... How else will people open their eyes?

tkaptur

Obviously the person who wrote this snippet isn't in charge of changing that line of code. It seems like you'd want to share this type of stuff on facebook though... How else will people open their eyes?

Karolina

Human contact. By looking at someone's face, eyes, gestures, using words and sentences which lead to a sincere exchange of ideas and thoughts. Civilizations have used this concept to extend visions and start revolutions for an very long time ... it works.

Karolina

Human contact. By looking at someone's face, eyes, gestures, using words and sentences which lead to a sincere exchange of ideas and thoughts. Civilizations have used this concept to extend visions and start revolutions for an very long time ... it works.

Anonymous03

Yes, and people used to pass down stories verbally before there was written language. Human behavior changes as new technology develops. What has worked in the past may not work in the future. You can't change the fact that today's younger generations are growing up online and that social media is their standard way of communicating. It's nice in theory to talk about meeting people face to face, but if that's all you focus on, you are going to end up alienating younger people. I can't help but wonder how old you are - I'm guessing over 40.

Anonymous03

Yes, and people used to pass down stories verbally before there was written language. Human behavior changes as new technology develops. What has worked in the past may not work in the future. You can't change the fact that today's younger generations are growing up online and that social media is their standard way of communicating. It's nice in theory to talk about meeting people face to face, but if that's all you focus on, you are going to end up alienating younger people. I can't help but wonder how old you are - I'm guessing over 40.

Karolina

I am 30. In the rain I feel like I am 12, in the sunshine like a teenager, and during the full moon like a old woman. Age is not the issue here.

I had a wonderful discussion about this topic (spreading information through social networking sites versus the traditional human contact way) with my teenage students. All them agreed that sites such as facebook allow us spread messages and thoughts much faster, reaching many more people. However, they also admitted that through such mediums they are bombarded with causes to fight for, issues to read up on, information to sort through. After a while they stop caring and become numb and passive to the constant stream of threads.

However when they actually discuss the same issues face to face, as we often do in class, they are affected on a much deeper (more personal) level and the information that is exchanged actively affects the way they think about a variety of issues. Real, face to face conversations not only make them more aware, but engage them in various topics that would otherwise go in one ear and out the other. Through the simple act of human contact, they start to care again.

Karolina

I am 30. In the rain I feel like I am 12, in the sunshine like a teenager, and during the full moon like a old woman. Age is not the issue here.

I had a wonderful discussion about this topic (spreading information through social networking sites versus the traditional human contact way) with my teenage students. All them agreed that sites such as facebook allow us spread messages and thoughts much faster, reaching many more people. However, they also admitted that through such mediums they are bombarded with causes to fight for, issues to read up on, information to sort through. After a while they stop caring and become numb and passive to the constant stream of threads.

However when they actually discuss the same issues face to face, as we often do in class, they are affected on a much deeper (more personal) level and the information that is exchanged actively affects the way they think about a variety of issues. Real, face to face conversations not only make them more aware, but engage them in various topics that would otherwise go in one ear and out the other. Through the simple act of human contact, they start to care again.

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