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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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andreea

I agree. If adbusters wants us to delete facebook so badly, why do they operate on facebook? I understand the argument about raising awareness through these social networks, but there are other ways to raise awareness...maybe through word of mouth? through empowerment of people? isnt't that the whole reason for adbusters existence

andreea

I agree. If adbusters wants us to delete facebook so badly, why do they operate on facebook? I understand the argument about raising awareness through these social networks, but there are other ways to raise awareness...maybe through word of mouth? through empowerment of people? isnt't that the whole reason for adbusters existence

andreea

i agree. why does adbusters want us to delete our facebook when they use it too. i understand the whole "raising awareness" argument however, there are other ways to go about it, such as word of mouth or empowerment of the people? isnt that why adbusters exists? to empower society and challenge the "norms", not to conform to them.

andreea

i agree. why does adbusters want us to delete our facebook when they use it too. i understand the whole "raising awareness" argument however, there are other ways to go about it, such as word of mouth or empowerment of the people? isnt that why adbusters exists? to empower society and challenge the "norms", not to conform to them.

Eyes Rolled

This is the perfect example of why I stopped reading Adbusters regularly (though I'll always hold a fond place for it in my heart). This post deserves one giant eye roll, and those reacting to people who dislike this article by accusing them of being computer addicts is just ridiculous.

1. I'm not sure about teenagers, but I use FB to keep in touch with people I couldn't possibly have face to face contact with, and to find out about stuff going on in my area so I CAN have real interactions with people. What's next, a campaign against phones because they allow us to communicate at a distance?

2. Privacy Issues. It's as simple as not putting stuff on your account you don't want to be public or using an alias. If you are dumb enough to put private stuff on your FB account, that's your problem.

3. The supposed "censorship." Give me a break! Nearly every website on the net moderates its content. That includes leftist sites like Common Dreams or Indy Media. Especially when threats of violence are involved. I hope FB would also take down right wing pages calling for violence against liberals.

But what really gets me, is the fact that you are naive enough to think your counter-culture magazine can "kill Facebook" and will make it "implode spectacularly."

I hate to break it to you, we can't even get people to stop voting against their own economic interests, or even care about the treatment of the Palestinians in the first place... we aren't going to get them to stop using Facebook just because Adbusters is pissed off they pulled the plug on a page that was most likely being run by religious extremist half-wits.

But what made me burst out laughing was the FB share icon below the article.

You don't like Facebook... fine, but how about you do an interesting psychological study on it instead of a hyperbolic rant and a call to action that isn't going to amount to anything.

Eyes Rolled

This is the perfect example of why I stopped reading Adbusters regularly (though I'll always hold a fond place for it in my heart). This post deserves one giant eye roll, and those reacting to people who dislike this article by accusing them of being computer addicts is just ridiculous.

1. I'm not sure about teenagers, but I use FB to keep in touch with people I couldn't possibly have face to face contact with, and to find out about stuff going on in my area so I CAN have real interactions with people. What's next, a campaign against phones because they allow us to communicate at a distance?

2. Privacy Issues. It's as simple as not putting stuff on your account you don't want to be public or using an alias. If you are dumb enough to put private stuff on your FB account, that's your problem.

3. The supposed "censorship." Give me a break! Nearly every website on the net moderates its content. That includes leftist sites like Common Dreams or Indy Media. Especially when threats of violence are involved. I hope FB would also take down right wing pages calling for violence against liberals.

But what really gets me, is the fact that you are naive enough to think your counter-culture magazine can "kill Facebook" and will make it "implode spectacularly."

I hate to break it to you, we can't even get people to stop voting against their own economic interests, or even care about the treatment of the Palestinians in the first place... we aren't going to get them to stop using Facebook just because Adbusters is pissed off they pulled the plug on a page that was most likely being run by religious extremist half-wits.

But what made me burst out laughing was the FB share icon below the article.

You don't like Facebook... fine, but how about you do an interesting psychological study on it instead of a hyperbolic rant and a call to action that isn't going to amount to anything.

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