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1/30/08 / How I see knowledge

2:31 PM National Geographic on your brain.

2:44 PM Imagine, if you can, the following:

You enter a room, a big dark room. In your hand is a flashlight. You’re still; you turn on the flashlight and shine it around the room. You see the walls of the room and see how large it is. The room is existence, and the flashlight is the beam of your knowledge. Now – and this is the whole point of this picture – when you take a step you realize that the beam gets a bit brighter. You have more knowledge now than the previous moment, but the bitch of it is that now when you shine the light around the room, the walls aren’t any brighter or closer. In fact they’ve moved farther away from you: the room is getting bigger. Not only that, the room is getting bigger with each step you take, with every additional bit of knowledge you acquire.

That’s how I feel: that the more I learn, the more I learn that there’s so much more out there for me to learn. The beam of knowledge that’s represented by that flashlight is getting brighter day after day, but with it the container of knowledge, my consciousness, is getting bigger also – and the room is growing larger faster than the beam is growing brighter, so if right now I can see the walls of the room pretty soon I won’t be able to. It’s not a good feeling; not very fulfilling; it doesn’t leave me feeling wiser or accomplished.

7:48 PM Just learned that today is International Delete Your MySpace Account Day. My first thought, on reading the article, was when the same will follow for Facebook, and judging by comments on the article I’m not the only one who that thought occurred to. People are quite polarized when it comes to these social networking sites. There are those those are on all of them, those who feel Facebook is superior to MySpace, and finally those who say they all suck. The whole ordeal does make me feel somewhat relieved that I have my own port in the storm where I don’t have to get sucked into the politics of it if I choose not to.

Here’s the original article by the guy who initiated this international event. I’d like to take from his post his list of reasons why MySpace sucks, because it’s pretty exhaustive:

1. You rarely log in to Myspace except to delete spam friend requests from nude webcam girls.

2. You spend five minutes writing a wall post only to hit an error message when you try to post it because of all the website glitches.

3. You’re a girl who constantly gets marriage proposals from random men in the middle east.

4. You visit someone’s Myspace profile only to suddenly have music start blasting out of your speakers. Bonus points if it happens to you while you’re at work.

5. You have to make redundant clicks to perform simple tasks because Myspace keeps taking you to advertisement pages where you have to click on “return to myspace profile” in order to continue what you’re doing.

6. You visit someone’s profile only to have your eyes bleed because of terrible page layout with non-matching designs and font colors.

7. Your experience is hindered because of intrusive banner ads that either talk to you or try to reach out and block your view of what you’re trying to look at.

8. You read yet another news account about how some child predator using Myspace has abducted a little girl or that some hoax myspace account has caused a teenager to commit suicide.

9. You’re frustrated with the fact that Myspace doesn’t allow you to post your contact info, meaning to contact someone you can only use Myspace’s glitchy Instant Messenger, message/email system, or wall commenting.

10. You’re tired of seeing Tom stare out at you from millions of friends lists and just wish he would change his fucking profile picture.

I placed in bold reasons that I can relate to, although I do think it’s unfair to pick on MySpace simply because it’s the largest of the bunch. There are some really interesting user comments (from this same webpage) that I’d like to share here as well.

Here’s one denouncing social networking sites (SNS) as a whole:

Leo of BORG said,
January 22, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

Sheesh.

My favorite line coming from IRL friends is that they’re moving from SNS X -> Y because ‘the people are better’ or ‘it’s more mature’.. FaceSpace, MyBook, it’s all the bankrupcy of continual partial attention. Blur blur blur.

If you can’t brand yourself [for some reason], what’s the point of being on these SNS’s?????

So fine. You’re going to whack one line of spam and then go ‘SuperPoke’ your friends on the other??

Okay then, off you go.

Here’s one defending MySpace over Facebook:

Travis said,
January 22, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

Whats funny is most of the things he is talking about why he don’t like myspace. He can change that myspace has all the spam stuff added now so you don’t get any spam. All you have to do is go to your setting and in the last half year the spam has gone down anyways.

About error messages I have not got one for like 2 months. Myspace has stop that from happening. And if facebook had all the people myspace does then it would have just as many error messages.

About #4. You can turn music off so it doesn’t play

#6 I hate facebook b/c it look so boring and old. People on myspace likes to do stuff with there pages. And most of them look good if they don’t its ok b/c its the person profile they should be able to do whatever they like to it.

#9 You can do it there myspace doesn’t look at you page see if you have your email, aim and other stuff on it. I have never heard of myspace delete someone b/c of that. Most people don’t even know that you are not allow to.

#10 He doesn’t change he picture b/c he doesn’t want people to know that its him in real life and he said it works most people don’t know that its him b/c he really doesn’t look like that anymore.

In all everyone I know has myspace and in the last year myspace has added a lot of new stuff to make it even more better then facebook. And myspace has said there is more to come. :]]
and facebook is getting bad with all the feeds and applications now.

One about Facebook not letting users completely delete their profiles:

superwallofshit said,
January 22, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

Re. the “Delete your FB Account Day”… not sure how successful it’d be.

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is investigating Facebook’s data protection policies after complaints by users that they couldn’t fully delete their profile. This has been an ogoing issue with Facebook as users are forced to manually… http://www.allfacebook.com/2008/01/facebook-under-investigation-in-the-uk/

This one’s just good:

scientist said,
January 22, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

you sir, are a moron. support facebook, but not myspace? That’s like quitting coke for pepsi because it has too much sugar.

And it goes on and on and on…

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