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A Panop­ti­con

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COMMENT: In FTR #718, we exam­ined the spec­tac­u­lar­ly pop­u­lar Facebook/social media phe­nom­e­non. Behind all of the “glad-hand­ing” sur­round­ing the social net­work are some tru­ly insid­i­ous forces.

Much of the cap­i­tal­iza­tion for the net­work comes from forces appar­ent­ly linked to the Under­ground Reich and the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty is all over Face­book and the rest of the high-tech world. (Not unusu­al or, nec­es­sar­i­ly sin­is­ter. Still, with some of the male­fac­tors present in “alpha­bet soup,” being com­plete­ly trans­par­ent to strangers is some­thing one should approach with great cau­tion.)

Above all, sign­ing on with Face­book appar­ent­ly negates any con­cept of pri­va­cy one might have. 

It appears that, increas­ing­ly, any­one who does not wish to be part of this “vir­tu­al panop­ti­con” and have their data appro­pri­ate­ly mined will be viewed with sus­pi­cion and stig­ma­tized pro­fes­sion­al­ly.

“Is Not Join­ing Face­book a Sign You’re a Psy­chopath? Some Employ­ers and Psy­chol­o­gists Say Stay­ing Away from Social Media Is ‘Sus­pi­cious’ ”; Dai­ly Mail; 8/6/2012.

EXCERPT: Face­book has become such a per­va­sive force in mod­ern soci­ety that increas­ing num­bers of employ­ers, and even some psy­chol­o­gists, believe peo­ple who aren’t on social net­work­ing sites are ‘sus­pi­cious.’

The Ger­man mag­a­zine Der Tag­gspiegel went so far as to point out that accused the­ater shoot­er James Holmes and Nor­we­gian mass mur­der Anders Behring Breivik have com­mon ground in their lack of Face­book pro­files.

On a more tan­gi­ble lev­el, Forbes.com reports that human resources depart­ments across the coun­try are becom­ing more wary of young job can­di­dates who don’t use the site.

The com­mon con­cern among boss­es is that a lack of Face­book could mean the appli­can­t’s account could be so full of red flags that it had to be delet­ed. 

Slate.com Advice Colum­nist, Emi­ly Yof­fee, wrote in an advice col­umn that young peo­ple should­n’t date any­one who isn’t on Face­book.

‘If you’re of a cer­tain age and you meet some­one who you are about to go to bed with, and that per­son doesn’t have a Face­book page, you may be get­ting a false name. It could be some kind of red flag,’ he says.

Yof­fee points out that these judge­ments don’t apply to old­er peo­ple who were already pro­duc­tive adults before social media became wide­spread.

The tech news site Slash­dot summed up Der Tag­gspiegel’s sto­ry about social net­work­ing as ‘not hav­ing a Face­book account could be the first sign that you are a mass mur­der­er.’

It points out that Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 peo­ple and an unborn child and wound­ing 58 oth­ers at a movie the­ater in Auro­ra, Col­orado, and Breivik, who mur­dered 77 peo­ple with a car bomb and mass shoot­ing, did not use Face­book and had small online foot­prints.

Breivik used MySpace and Holmes was report­ed­ly on the hookup site Adult Friend Find­er.

Psy­chol­o­gist Christo­pher Moeller told the mag­a­zine that using Face­book has become a sign of hav­ing a healthy social net­work. . . .

 

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