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May 23, 2012

[Bumped] "There are only so many times a person can exclaim LOL or WTF before his or her soul just gives up and disintegrates to ash."

I have never wanted a Facebook page. I like --- treasure --- the fact that I have lost contact with people I didn't like much in high school,
or the first office I worked in, or I met once on a bus thirty years ago. It would frighten me to be suddenly invaded by those people. They are mixed memories, the way God planned them to be. And I am to them. Why drag around the emotional corpses of a lifetime? -- Why I Don't Have a Facebook Page - - Bob Guccione, Jr.

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Exactly right!

Posted by: Gloria at May 22, 2012 11:00 AM

But you are missing out on the biggest privacy invasion of a lifetime AND all of the kewl kids are doing it. You simply must have a FB page or there might be some 15 year old somewhere that won't admire you for being current.

Posted by: Scott M at May 22, 2012 1:01 PM

I will curse FB and its ilk to my dying breath for the massive hurt it has put to our children, who have lost years of their lives in Lord of the Flies nothingness. If it wasn't Zuck, it would have been somebody else. All the time our children could have been civilizing themselves, instead they have devolved to barbarian drivel exchanged in secret among themselves.

And if we threaten to throttle it at the firewall, the children threaten to run away to the homes of the more permissive parents, so malevolent is their addiction. Or they engage us in an exhausting telecomm arms race, constantly finding ways around our software and router blocks.

It is small consolation, this emerging FB IPO fiasco. Let the endless rounds of lawsuits and SEC investigations so sap the attention and energies of the FB managers, that it quickly falls behind the Internet evolution, and goes extinct quickly. One can pray.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at May 22, 2012 4:49 PM

Happy to say I've been Facebook free going on four decades. I got a cool commemorative coin for it too...With chocolate chips.

Posted by: monkeyfan at May 22, 2012 7:48 PM

Let's see, I carry an iPhone and a BlackBerry for the office, I have several job-related and personal email accounts, I deal with clients and suppliers on three continents, I'm in video conferences several times a week, and I'm on call 24/7. But because I don't have (or want) FB, I'm somehow "not connected"? Riiiight. Most evenings, all I want to do is "connect" with my couch, sip a glass of wine, read a book, and fall asleep with one or more of my cats on me. The last thing I want is to make it easy for some idiot I used to know in high school or the army or a previous company to decide he (or she) really needs to "reach out" to me.

Posted by: waltj at May 22, 2012 8:39 PM

I too, have kicked the facebook habit and have sunk most comfortably back into the mire of pleasant obscurity, except at Lancaster Online, where everyone seems to hate me. I can't fathom why.

Posted by: Jewel at May 22, 2012 8:48 PM

As a determined Facebook avoider, I do recommend you register, if only to prevent someone else from doing it as an imposter. Register with as little real info, and using an ignored email address and do nothing else with it. All it takes is one internet kook to get mad and "Hi, I'm John Smith and I molest kids and stomp on puppies." If you have an empty FB page you make that much harder, until the next fad comes along.

Posted by: Scott M at May 23, 2012 2:23 AM

What a pack of fogies and cowards. If you don't wish to communicate with someone, you simply don't respond. There is an etiquette to the business. One suspects that old Bob may have a few more ghosts in his closet than the rest of us.

Posted by: Casca at May 23, 2012 7:25 AM

Casca;

...Or one could just not sign up.

Their megabazillion dollar IPO is proof positive that there's a tiny little sucker born every picosecond.

Posted by: monkeyfan at May 23, 2012 1:37 PM

Gee, you rarely see this much full-of-yourself, self satisfied smugness outside of a gaggle of Pruis owners.

YOU'RE not on Facebook and Proud of It!!!

LOL.

You want a medal?

Posted by: southernjames at May 23, 2012 1:54 PM

The more that people are free to connect, the more they try to be the same.

Posted by: james wilson at May 23, 2012 5:18 PM

Hey, FB is a high-powered communications amplifier tool. Used smartly by adults, it's fabulous.

But we don't allow children the unsupervised use of large-caliber high-capacity firearms. For good reason. Because they are still uncivilized barbarians.

For FB, same as it ever was. Don't give high-powered tools to children and barbarians. It always ends badly.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at May 23, 2012 6:12 PM

You know, it's just Facebook. The only information on it is what you put there. So have good boundaries. Be smart. Be positive. But don't play games on it. If nothing else, it's an interesting way to see what some of your friends really think. Which usually isn't good. So be prepared to either overlook some serious idiocy and/or confirmations of the worst kind. And never, ever forget that like all other "free" services, you are the commodity, not the customer.

Posted by: Dave Grecu at May 24, 2012 7:51 PM

Ahhh yes, I see...Because Facebook is just like an AR in .50 Beowulf...And there are no unsupervised kids on there. Not a one.

Posted by: monkeyfan at May 25, 2012 6:48 AM