ASSESSED POST (WEEK 5):
Analyse critically the following statement (0:26-0:39) by Mark Zuckerberg while comparing it to privacy issues raised by online social networking collaborative practices:
For someone as intelligent as Mark Zuckerberg, this statement seems awfully idealistic.
Now to “when people share more, the world becomes more open and connected, and in a more open world, many of the biggest problems we face together will become easier to solve.” I’m not denying that the simplicity and accessibility of social networking has its perks. The amount of open Facebook events out there petitioning against important social issues such as animal cruelty and homophobia is fantastic to see, and so effective in raising awareness. But Zuckerberg is forgetting one key fact in this equation. The notion of ‘openness’ does not necessarily equate to honesty or, essentially, ‘friendship’. As Solove asserts, due to the association of online ‘friendship’ with social status and popularity, “a friend on a social network is not necessarily a close friend” (2008:26). In the spirit of online democracy and freedom, we are all treated equally. But, as Solove critiques, “few social network sites allow users to distinguish between close friends and mere acquaintances.” (2008:27). Would we feel comfortable showing photos of our latest holiday to our best friend? For sure! But how about giving them to some random friend-of-a-friend you vaguely remember meeting out at a club one night? Mmm… I’m going to guess ‘no’ on that one. But unfortunately, that’s the way social networking collaborative practices operate.
Does allowing ambiguous acquaintances to hear how we hate cramming for exams or how excited we are for the Wombats concert truly assist mankind in “solving our biggest problems?” Seriously, Zuckerberg. It’s time for reality. Surely increasing the availability of personal information raises more issues than it fixes.
Boyd, Danah (2008). ‘Facebook’s Privacy Trainwreck: Exposure, invasion and Social Convergence’. Convergence: The International Journal into New Media Technologies 14.4.
Solove, Daniel J. (2008). ‘How the Free Flow of Information Liberates and Constrainus Us’. In The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumour and Privacy on the Internet. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Just found this while having a Net Comm related YouTube surf.. So amazing. It’s funny that all these social rules and etiquettes have evolved from Facebook that are now considered legitimate in the ‘real world’, like updating your relationship status without consulting the other person, tagging embarrassing photos and adding your ex’s friends. God forbid someone hack your status!!!