Dave Chitty.com is now linking back to the site properly and thanks to the efforts of Mr Devlin (my gracious and loving host in the webspace), everything is back to normal! Not many people come here but it’s still an outlet for ranting for me!
OK!! the NEWS:
I have a Drum Student!! Yes indeedie, I feel so happy! Maybe I will make some decent money and I am one step closer to achieving the goal of moving out of my house and becoming a self sustained muzo.
Also, Getting a few sniffs from London companies needing people… only sniffs… but as I am told, my scent is quite distinctive so they should pick me up soon.
The Dave Chitty Experience has hit some snags… basically I had a few people hat were really keen to get it going and it was looking good. However, some of the people I asked for help blanked me completely. So.. what next?
The DCE will form when I have the musicians I want essentially… It might be silly but its a serious project all the same and if its going to happen, I do not want it at the risk of working with people who will be into it one second and then not even return my messages the next as it compromises the quality… I want this to be funny because it witty, not because it can be passed as ironically bad.
For the people the retuned my messages and kept being enthusiastic (you know who you are you legends!), you will be asked again I have found people as fantastic as you are (which is bloody hard!).
A real shame, but nothing worth doing was easy… best I stop ranting because I really hoped the others would be involved (no foolin!).
Anyhow, to my rant! This time its about social networking, namely Facebook (How Current and all up to date!)
The Importance of Leaving Facebook
Facebook and social on-line networking has changed the way human interact substantially over the past few years… It helped me out substantially as when I was in India, it acted as a line of communication to home, friends and in some cases, even helping me out with my personal safety. However, over the years and even including a simplified forum for communication and connecting us all, the powers that control Facebook have subverted the way humans behave for the benefit of corporate greed and erosion of our rights to privacy.
First of all, sorry for the daily mail link… I don’t really agree with a lot of what the newspaper says or how they spin stories but it serves the purpose of my rant for the admission and the response from Facebook.
This is a major corporation… earns millions, trusted with personal information. They have spied on us in one of our behind closed doors scenarios… they know and they use it for market research… all they have said is “whoops, sorry” when in actual fact, they were tracking what websites you were looking at when you were logged in outside of Facebook, which is an invasion of privacy… they have also tracked you when you outside of Facebook and I can guarantee that the information they collected from when you were logged in, in a pretty flimsy legal scenario that has only perpetuated by ignorance that Facebook avoided in enlightening me about was indistinguishable from the information that was collected when they decided to collect personal data off me outside of facebook…
I cannot prove that they use this information to market to people or if they pass this information on to third parties, but its very unlikely in my opinion that they would not use this information for their own benefit, be it for research or personal gain.
I thought that Facebook was for uploading a few pictures and sharing information with friends…
this was the straw the broke the camels back for me… but there is another issue, relating back to another topic and something that has affected me personally… break down of social interaction.
Facebook has changed the way we communicate… how definitely, but the way Facebook restricts the way we speak to each other…
When I get into a proper conversation with someone, it might just be about stupid stuff or some thing more serious… depending where you stand, but in Facebook the trivial and the important become condensed… you are forced to write in a way that is either extremely emotive or very generalised due to restrictions on word count and attention span.
What I mean is that you don’t go into detail… its information in pellet form and you are really given the opportunity to get deeply into a topic and you remain distanced and shortened… no emotion, no facial expression and barely any humanity. It a substitute to real interaction and does not really give room for substantial interaction…
The most it provides is a question… what are you up to?… that’s all, with no engaging response. the value of a friend on Facebook is not a gauge in real life.
I rarely speak to anyone really and on personal reflection, its down to Facebook or rather the problem it represents. I felt like I was getting a response to things and I was excited to get notifications and to get the occasional lady friend contacting me, however in reality I had nothing… I would leave my computer and there is nothing there and I ended up going back on Facebook because there is something there rather than going seeing people…
Admittedly, logistical factors, time and cost implications were a large part… but at the end of the day, it was easier. but I look at my life and the people I know and I haven’t spoken to so many good friends properly for ages… some people that I would call close friends I haven’t seen for months and I kidded myself that I was keeping contact through Facebook when really it was just keeping me electronically in peoples peripheral vision.
I’m not a hermit by any means, I do have friends and mates I go drinking with occasionally. Its just kept me from having any conversations of meaning with most people I know and I want that back and I want my friends back.
I can’t blame Facebook for everything, but it has done me more damage than good and has the potential to do even more damage if I let it.
I don’t know if it will make me a better person but hopefully it will make an old friend or two reach out and go for a pint or get me out the house and find some new friends… because really that’s what life is all about… I’m missing out and I intend to change that.
Right… need to find a decent jam session then!