Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 1st Sep 2009 01:11 UTC
Internet & Networking While browsing the ever-wider world web today, I came across a story about IBM's patent of a sort of "Facebook Remote Control." It was appalling. Do we seriously need more single-purpose devices that will enable us to sit around more wasting more time than we already do? Does anyone really need to seclude themselves from the world even more to publish their lives on yet another teen-infested network? Must we really always be connected to the net? Read on for my ramble concerning a dark side of technology.
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by ddc_ on Tue 1st Sep 2009 04:31 UTC
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Just below the article we see several links including twitter and facebook. These are the best illustrations to the fact that the the "dark" and the "light" natures of any matter are not separated with a line with some thikness property, but they overlap.

Social network is a place where all the somehow shadowed (or even forbidden) news items break out, where the real self explanation and collective mind instance find their homes.

But the main use of social networks is still chatting with people about the things that either:
1. You wouldn't talk in a real life because they mean nothing for You and for them;
2. You'll tell them in person anyway.

It's just a waste of time, the said 'dark' nature, isn't it?

It is, but on the other hand this is the way for person to dissolve stress, to stop for a while and think about something and etc. Social networks offload the the real life for another world that can help the person to find some other ways or simply break free from the situation [s]he's exposed to in a real life. That's 'light' nature, isn't it?

And the gadgets on their own mean nothing. They don't make life sensibly easier or more difficoult, just because they do exactly what You never wanted them to do before they have appeared.

Edited 2009-09-01 04:33 UTC

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