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Facebook and the NeoCons: D'OH!!

Where the hell has my head been. I seem to have forgotten one of my favorite rules. Follow the Money. Those of you who did that with MySpace quickly realized that it didn't just seem like a giant opt-in spam session, but that the hole thing was the result of a bunch of people who were actually involved in the online marketing industry in a rather big way. They types of people others might call spammers. Looked at from that perspective, MySpace makes complete sense, and no one in their right mind would want to spend any significant amount of energy feeding it. And where do we end up if we follow the money for Facebook? Uncomfortably close to the NeoCons. You know, those people who have had a history of relativizing torture, expanding the ways government can abuse it's information flow, and just generally doing things that seem to be a wee bit... Nasty. Well, that's my interpretation of them anyway. It's an opinion. One that is heavily influenced by my own political ideology and interpretation of history and current events. Anyways... After reading an article in the Guardian that looks into the contacts and backgrounds of some of the major players behind Facebook, I had one of those headslapping Homer Simpson moments. I've been spending a lot of time the last couple of years thinking about issues of privacy and how they can balance out with what I want to get out of the web. I can see the structures and features that I would like to have, but I got so wrapped up in them that I momentarily lost site of the big picture long enough to get seriously sloppy. But that is an issue for another post. RIght now I will just point you to the Guardian article about Facebook. You can draw your own conclusions... http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/14/facebook
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