Friday, July 27, 2007

We know how to do many things, but not what to do, E.F. Schumacher wrote over thirty years ago. I say that Schumacher wrote this in 1973 because the proliferation of useless, gratuitous technology of the order found today was not even on the horizon at the time. Consider, for example, Facebook: you can now pwn your best friends, along with disclose your stripper name to them, not to mention invite them to use the Zombie Application or the Genocide Application.

Someone at Facebook apparently thinks that information displayed haphazardly on a page is a good thing. The problem of adding and adding information and superfluous, non-sensical features is hardly unique to Facebook, but gradually, the website will lose its point. A non sequitur aggregate of facts about everyone you know even loosely is already stored in your mind or in the minds of others. As well, everyone you know is already on a system connected by wires, though it only offers voice-based communication.

Like cell phones with cameras, MP3 players and remote detonation capabilities, Facebook has added features to the point of becoming incoherent. Is there anything at all meaningful about the ability to write on a Facebook wall using your phone or to upload grainy, inebriated pictures from your phone? To the contrary, the result is communication as meaningless and infinite as writing out the dictionary.

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