Saturday, April 24, 2010
I just wrote a LONG reply to a comment regarding my joining Facebook, which I'm going to reproduce here:

Comment (edited for grammar :P): I can't believe you too stooped to that level of commercialising human relationship. Do you know Orkut and FB own every scrap, every pic you post on these sites , even if you delete them?

Commercialising human relationship? I didn't get you. FBing isn't something I'm particularly fond of but it is useful and efficient at getting (and keeping) in touch with people (read The Tipping Point).
Do you mean some people profit by it? Well, why shouldn't they? The use of phones, for instance, or taking photographs of holidays, that leads to profit too, right? Which behooves the question, why shouldn't it? Certainly, I gain a LOT from the use of FB, phones, photos... why should I not pay for its use to the inventor/ service provider?
Seriously, go read Fountainhead again.

Also, regarding the whole photo ownership thing- that's a mutual agreement (which people virtually sign at the time of signing up). People agree to FB owning it (if they do, I don't know that for a fact. I'll take your word for it) in return for the convenience of sharing the pictures. That's allowed in an open economy! As for the whole safety of putting up your pictures debate, that's a risk- as there is in every transaction you enter into in the market. By no means am I criticizing your decision to stay out of FB- the cost of it might be a lot more than the benefits it provides you.
What I am saying is that there are costs to everything- but they need to be considered relative to benefits, not in isolation.

(I'll admit that I kept out of Facebook for a long time- but then I realized I was doing it out of pure stubbornness, and for the sake of not conforming, which didn't exactly make sense, so I joined.)

That's it, end of rant.
posted by Clezevra @ 3:03 AM  
  • At April 25, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    seriously , that's not the end of a rant, thats' the end of your sensebility ,next is what twittering??????? go on, join the "monkey business". ziah

  • At April 26, 2010 at 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Soooo not responding to that.
    What's wrong with twittering???

  • At April 26, 2010 at 5:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    if i start on twitter, then this won't be called a "comment", it would be an essay!! so to quote "end of rant"-ziah

  • At April 26, 2010 at 8:13 AM, Blogger Clezevra said…

    Go ahead, then. Write the essay.
    Turning your nose down on something is not an argument.

  • At April 27, 2010 at 4:21 AM, Blogger Srishti said…

    Haha, y'know, I kinda feel that facebook makes you brain dead and gets you addicted to all its stupid apps and quizzes and other crap. But I'm on it. Because if you're not, you miss out all the gossip and cant keep touch and cant laugh at the Girl-You-Hate's status.
    So, love it or hate it...we really cant ignore it. :\

  • At April 29, 2010 at 12:49 AM, Blogger Soapsuds said…

    I don't understand how all this adds up to anything worth discussing. In today's world, there is something called a digital footprint. Every word you write, every site you visit, every page you go to, is recorded by the web. So the very fact that you're on blogging is also compromising a LOT of information about yourself. The very fact that you're on the internet means you're compromising your identity. So I suppose if people have a problem with that they should shun the world of internet. If not, then its silly to argue about this.
    Clezevra, this is to let you know that your argument is the only thing that made a tiny bit of sense here. Turning up one's nose at what one considers lowly is...well, you know.

  • At April 29, 2010 at 5:44 AM, Blogger Clezevra said…

    ^I cannot stress how true that is.
    I have been able to find people on FB knowing nothing more than the city they lived and knowing that they were the friend of a friend.

    I might add that since ziah is a pseudonym, this may well be precisely the thing to which the person objects.

  • At May 2, 2010 at 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you better shut up, and soapsuds (seriously!!) on fb more than anything on the net you are baring yourself to the world -ziah

  • At May 2, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Blogger Clezevra said…

    God, seriously?
    You can't read soapsud's post or what?
    You keep making these really insulting and ridiculous posts, which sound like you haven't bothered to read what the other person is saying... and keep making statements with neither logic nor logistics to back them up.
    Kindly refrain.

  • At May 7, 2010 at 7:41 AM, Blogger Soapsuds said…

    @ziah. Ah long as you don't add strangers, it doesn't hurt. I'm not here to defend Facebook but I've found childhood friends from across the globe through Facebook and it really does help to keep in touch with your close ones who stay beyond borders.
    I suppose we can agree to disagree, right?

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