Leave the Zuck and Facebook Alone!

I do not use Facebook. I dislike the company and would never agree to their terms of service. There is a long-standing rule on the internet that, if it is free to you, you are the product. It is the same with broadcast television and radio, and if you think the paltry sum you pay for your newspaper subscription cover the cost of production, you are mistaken. Advertisers pay for our eyes and ears, they target our demographics, and blast us with adverts in hopes of selling us everything imaginable. That is the game.

Here is the bottom line. We need air to breath, food, water and shelter. We need energy. We need transportation, whether it is our two feet, a horse, a car, or a bus. We need reliable means of communication. Telephones and internet access are necessary in our society. These are all things we “need.” NO ONE NEEDS FACEBOOK.

Facebook serves no real need or purpose. It is a toy. It is an insidious toy, but it remains a toy. It is not a public utility, an investment bank, or a drug manufacturer. Facebook does not manufacturer anything. It is just a public forum where people voluntarily sign away the copyright of the their lives in what amounts to a very public Christmas letter they update every day. Deep down inside, every adult user knows what Facebook is, and they accept the terms of service in exchange for the fancy toy. If you are suddenly having a crisis of conscience, delete your account. You might go through withdrawal, but that just means you are an internet junkie. Zuck is not to blame. He is just running a business, and you agreed to the terms of service.

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One thought on “Leave the Zuck and Facebook Alone!

  1. MS says:

    It’s not as though Facebook hasn’t had repeated controversies over data collection and sharing of user information. Society it seems, has a tragic case of amnesia. Data is profitable, and if you’re going to just spew it all over, there are plenty of businesses who will gladly collect. To not be aware of that fact at this point is willful ignorance and hopeless naivety. I’m careful about what I share about myself, and still assume companies get more than I’d like. The most dangerous aspect of all this, however, is when unsavory players actively try to manipulate the populace with the data that is obtained. We’re all the more vulnerable to it if we fall for the delusion that there is no one out there doing whatever they can to use you.

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