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Brittney Atchison- Koobecaf Assignment
Brittney Atchison T.A.: Frankie Recitation: Wednesday 3:30 One new friend request, two notifications, and one ninja warrior invitation. This is a common welcome to the users of the new technological phenomenon called Facebook. Facebook was created as an internet source of networking and communication but it has over time become a plague that consumes much of the average internet users online time. Not only is Facebook a great place to stay connected, it’s an even better place to stalk your peers and procrastinate your homework, your problems, and the real world. Some would go as far to say that Facebook has changed the American culture. I would have to agree. If not the entire culture it sure has changed the decisions and actions of the teenagers and young adults that use it today. Implied “rules and regulations” have come about because of Facebook that extend to protect relationships, religion, and careers. For example, it’s an unwritten rule that not only is a relationship not “official” until it’s status is confirmed on Facebook, but also one person can’t dump another on Facebook because as all Facebook users know that’s just not right. On that same note, everyone beware the picture tagging. Your future employer would be quite appalled to see a picture of you completely annihilated on the front porch of some frat party. Thank God for that “untag” feature. Now I’m sure all of this makes absolutely no sense to an outsider of the Facebook world. I have to wonder if any of those even exist in today’s society, however. Not only are students and adults taking part in this cult-like collection, but even businesses and entertainment sources have joined the band wagon. But back to those aliens we spoke of earlier. Yeah, those awkward wanderers who aren’t familiar with Facebook. Earlier last week I did some experimenting of my own. I had a person, who besides the fact that lacked a Facebook account, seemed to me to be normal in all cases. I had her sign into my Facebook account and just kind of play around with it. What I got were many looks of confusion and desperate pleas for help. My volunteer was questioning me as to why anyone would send me a request to join a group of blood hunting vampires. She also couldn’t understand why there was not only a wall to post messages to other people, but also “advanced wall” and “ super wall” and why so many of my Facebook friends boasted all three of these applications on one page. After about 10 minutes I let my experiment off the hook and I began to ponder. I knew Facebook was slowly changing our culture and the way we looked at one another but I couldn’t put my finger on the “how”. Then it hit me. It’s changing the world, because it has created a completely new one. A person that has never watched a football game in their life, can acquire the application to be a hardcore Green Bay Packers fan on Facebook. Their “about me” and profile picture can easily state that they weigh 110 lbs, and have long blonde locks, but in reality they come in bald and about one hotdog shy of 200, Facebook is not only an online community, it’s an out of this world neighborhood where anyone can be whoever they want to be. You can easily make friends with the click of your mouse, and start a love connection just by sending someone a message with a smiley face attached to the end. =] Facebook is changing our culture because we can alter our personalities with the touch of a button. It’s no longer a simple way to stay in touch, it’s an obsession that is changing the world right in front our eyes. But just like all other good things, this one will come to an end. The only question that the idea of that leaves me with is what will be next? It’s scary to thing of the endless possibilities of technology.
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