Sunday, August 26, 2012

Facebook More Than Just A Bible of Faces

The difference between my brother and me is that despite size and age he always looked back while I look straight ahead, and this is the way it always has been.
-Arvid Jansen, the hero of the Norwegian writer Per Petterson’s novel In the Wake

Bohemian Facebookers jumped into bed with The New Yorker, whose librarians dug into the magazine's archive to find some of its best works focusing on memory. Language which tries to capture these memories has a logical job to do—to convey information—and yet it is riddled with irrationality: irregular verbs, random genders, silent vowels, ambiguous homophones ... Facebook Selective Memory: Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering

Ever since Facebook's May 18 public stock offering, the financial press and their investor sources have been working on its obituary. Like the media business, Facebook thrives on advertising, and enormous pressure is on it to make money now that it's public. The company might experiment, for example, with sponsored stories–advertorials by companies (including media)–who use the site in a pay-for-play capacity. And “there's still potential for paid search and other types of payment systems on Facebook,” says Jackson. Media Dragons: Why Facebook might be completely gone in five years

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity ;-)Behind every facebooker whether they are Slavs like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, or Solzhenitsyn there tends to be an overworked, underappreciated wife. Do they deserve pity? No, they deserve more credit... Speaking of Old Wives' Tales [Stories or Memories that outrage one generation become slothful banality to the next ... Though I wrote the Iron Curtain Gospels of the Cold War Century, I too shall die in the gutter.]