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Final Project: What drives/does not drive us to use Facebook?
January 14, 2009, 9:03 pm
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What drives/does not drive us to use Facebook?

In this day and age, we are becoming more and more dependent on technology. With the invention of the Internet, we have enabled society to keep in touch at all times and contribute information via web pages. We are becoming very connected to technology and communication that we even engage in them in the comfort of our own homes. Facebook is a website in which people can create a free profile and stay connected with friends and family. It has enabled us to even take this further and gives us the ability to meet new people who share our interests, and even find our future significant other! Facebook was created at Harvard College by a student named Mark Zuckerberg and with help from him friend Eduardo Saverin. These two college students realized that a social network site for college students could be a huge hit and they could become rich. So they pursued their dream and created the site in hopes that it would catch on. Sure enough, Facebook started becoming recognized by many other Harvard students and eventually by the world. Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college to pursue his creation and eventually became very rich and famous from the site. This short essay explains why Facebook is so popular and examines what really drives people to use Facebook. There are many benefits to social networking but there could also be many downfalls if used irresponsibly.


First, lets start with the benefits that drive people to create a Facebook account. The ability to keep in touch with people and old friends is probably the most important key feature Facebook has to offer. Everyone likes to see what other people are up to in their lives and Facebook grants us the ability to do so. We can go online at anytime, comment a friend, and receive feedback within minutes! Even if you live on opposite sides of the world. Before Social Network Sites (SNS’s) like Facebook, that was virtually impossible without paying huge phone bills. It lets us stay in touch with people and show them that we care even if we are not able to physically talk to them face to face.

Another benefit to using Facebook is the ability to meet new people. You can go on Facebook at anytime and search for people and use a special filter to find the type of person you want to meet. I find this pretty amazing that technology has come so far that we can actually filter what we want to find in a person. This feature even sparks crushes and relationships over the web. Some people might be shy and prefer to meet people first on the Internet They may not be comfortable going up to someone and talking to them right away. Facebook could help people get over the awkward first meeting time in a relationship and learn a lot about each other so they have something to talk about and see if they are really interested.

Facebook is also a great way for artists to show their creativity for free over the web. Photographers, painters, digital imaging artists, and even paintwriters can express themselves through Facebook by putting up their work of art for other to see. It also a great way to connect with other artists and share you work. This definitely drives people with an interest in the arts to Facebook.

I think another key feature that drives people to using Facebook is the way people can connect with each other. There are so many groups in Facebook you can join about practically anything. People join these groups to share interests and educate eachother about virtually anything. The ability to find groups that you “fit into” definitely inspires people to join Facbook. “If your bowling league, your PTA, or your fellow Red Sox fans have connected online, you can join and connect with people who share your interests” ( “” ).

Facebook is not only good for personal connections, but many businesses are incorporating it into their strategy. People use the site to network about job opportunities, promotions, or information about competing companies. Businesses even use Facebook for putting their advertisements on in order to boost sales. Facebook could be very beneficial to businesses and many business people use this SNS in their everyday life. “I use Facebook for personal and business connections. I find it very useful for communicating with my friends, family and business associates” ( Facebook could be a great tool for advertising, especially to the younger crowd of people who do not routinely check the newspapers and do in fact routinely check their Facebook.

Although there are many obvious benefits to using Facebook, there are also negatives if the SNS is not properly used. People have to realize that others are going to look at their page and learn information about them. Our Facebook profile is more important than people think and can have devastating consequences if not taken seriously.

The most obvious negative aspect of Facebook is the ease to stalk other people. As I said before, people do not think that other people could use their page to get so much information from them. One example I read in an active users blog was about relationships. When people break up they change their status to “single” right away. This gets people’s attention going and brings a lot of attention to you. This is just one of the many examples of how Facebook could be an invasion of your privacy. However, as I said before, people need to realize that this information is only readily available because they put it there.

Due to the recent change in Facebook, the website allowes anyone with a valid e-mail address to join the SNS. This could in turn lead to false identities since there is no longer any proof of identification to join the site. In the beginning of the Facebook operation, people were required to have a .edu address. These addresses were only available if you were enrolled in college. The new method Facebook is using to allow users to join could in turn, lead to false identities on the site.

Another main problem many people believe is that Facebook, along with other SNS’s can cause is the isolation of people. Many people would rather just talk to someone online rather than face to face. This in turn could lead to isolation of people, lack of connection, and laziness. A lot of people argue that Facebook is taking away from the personalities of people because we are not “verbally” engaging in conversations. “These days, we are more connected than ever with our cell phones, computers and social networking — so connected that we use technology rather than talking to each other face to face”( “” ).

People using Facebook need to realize that Facebook could in fact, ruin their reputation. I read a story about a guy who had a wild night of drinking with his friends and next day called out of work, lying about the reason, saying he was naturally ill. In reality however, the reason he did not go to work was because he was too hungover. Sure we have all had nights like those but you may be asking yourself, “how does this relate to Facebook?” Well, this guy’s friends took photographs of him partying and posted them on Facebook and he also posted on his page he was throwing a party that night. Since so many people have Facebook, these pictures got back to his boss and he was fired on the spot for lying to the company and displaying irresponsibility toward his job. “He was an intern who called in sick, only to be caught lying to his thank to pictures of himself attending a party posted on his Facebook page. Calvin was famously called out by his boss, and then fired, leaving many shaking their heads and wondering how someone could do something so stupid” (


The last negative of Facebook I will discuss has to do with the facebook “beacon”. This beacon basically invaded the privacy of Facebook users by monitoring what they clicked on to the benefit of advertisements. When they clicked on these links, not only were they monitored and recorded, but their actions were sent to their Facebook friends. Many Facebook users did not know this was actually happening and when they found out they felt like their trust for the site was violated. This is an example of how Facebook users do not know everything that goes on behind closed doors. This example also illustrates how Facebook could make users feel a sense of mistrust and invasion of privacy without any knowledge.

Whether you are considering joining Facebook or are already on Facebook, there are many thing to be taken into consideration. There are many different things that attract people to Facebook, but at the same time, there are also many factors that make people not want to join the popular SNS. Facebook has many benefits but also many downfalls. It is important that people use Facebook responsibly or they could suffer from many repercussions. Your Facebook experience is what you make out of it and the information you decide to put on your page is essential to you experience. Facebook could connect lost relatives and friends, or it could get your fired from you job. People need to consider every extreme result with what they do on Facebook.

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Readings 9: Time and Space

Metaphoris: Spacetime

Introduction – The introduction talks about art and creativity. Every artist has a different point of view, therefore, every peice of art will be different. Some people will view other’s art as beautiful and nice, while other will view it as something they are not really into. Creativity is a hard concept to judge due to everyone has different perspectives and points of view. However, the more work and real world experiences we are exposed to our world view may open up that much more. Creativity is people wanting to know the unknown, and by using their imagination and creating art, they can.

Spacetime – This article was a little confusing for me to read due its technical terms involving time and space. However, what i got out of this section was the author trying to explain different ways in which time and space are related and work together. He discusses the background of time and space and the scientists that studied them. One of the first examples has to do with the arts. He looks at painting and how the space is used and the time it takes to make a painting. He also describes how every peice of art is a space and it is set out to illustrate a specific time period. He than goes to analyzing movies, television, and plays explaining how time and space are related. Once again time comes into play because most they are supposed to be set in a particular time in history, the present, or the future. He also explains how space is used by camera editing and how different camera views can be used in order to skip between scenes with ease. His final example is the computer and cyberspace. He discusses how time and space place a key aspect in these two things. The internet is one of the best examples of time and space because of all the websites we can visit and the endless possibilities. We can navigate through webpages all day, buy things online, play video games, etc. Time and space can be related to just about anything in the world today.

Mythic Time – Many different religions and cultures have different views on time and space. Some people believe life will end, while others believe it is a never ending cycle. For instance in China and Japan, time was a combined perception of cosmic and mundane changes in a cyclical form based on nature. The way i interpret this information is that China and Japan look at the seasons, as we do, summer, spring, winter, and fall to put a time on everything. We have been doing this since the beginning of time and it is what gives us a perception of time and what to expect at a certain time.

Fixed Space – Fixed space basically discusses the difference between space the ends and space that never ends. For example, fixed space could be something like a shoe box. It is a completely enclosed box and we can see all its sides that hold inside what is known as space. Fixed space is anything thats has an end to it in other words. The author also discusses neverending space which can clearly be shown by the sky and space itself. We can not see the end and its boundaries are endless. Personally, i find fixed space alot more comfortable than endless space because i don’t like not knowing what is in front of me or in the case of space, over my head.

Taylorism – In the late nineteenth century, Frederick Winslow Taylor wanted to help the average hard working man. He decided he wanted to help companies get their work done more effieciently. He came up with the idea of the assembly line which in turn would make the worker’s job easier and more efficient. He set out to help people and provide them with a less grueling job. However, companies did not think of their workers and the only thing they saw come out of this invention was more business. This article also goes on to explain another experiment where workers were dotted with lights against a black background and were recorded while they worked. These two experiments or inventions saught to improve time and space. The efficiency factor is the time and the physical laborers and machinery is the space.

Einstein – This section of the page discusses the history of different theories. Time and space have been studied by scientists for so long and the first example he gives has to with planets and the sun. During the time it was said that the earth was the center of the universe and all the planets revolved around it. However, Galileo proposed that the sun was at the center of the universe and all the planets revolved around it. The Catholic church was outrages by this because it was challenging what was already thought as “right”. This goes to show how morals and culture judge what people believe and that seperates us from each other. At this time, it could be very dangerous to challenge a previously “thought to be known” theory and the church or society might look down upon you for doing so. This aricle also explains Einstein and many others theory of gravity and the speed of light.We have a knowledge now for gravity and light thanks to these scientists who took the time to study them first and make a set of “rules” that explain what happens and why in regaurds to light and gravity.

Acoustics and music – Music is another great depiction of time and space. Historically, music has almost always had rythm which is basically the use of notes combines in a certain time. If notes are closer they sounds faster in time and if they are further away from each other, they sound further away in time when played. Timing is music and without it it would not sound right. The article also decribes how music is related directly with space as well. Different types of music are played at different places. For example big bands like KISS moved their music into stadium which is a very large space with tons of people. Because of its size, people might not be able to be as close to the musicians as they would normally. Hip-hop can be heard from stoops in New York or other urban areas and this explains yet another space in which certain music is heard. Finally church music is said to sound best in a cathedrial. Cathedrials have big domes typically and are rounded and hard surfaced, giving the music the ability to bump around the room. The organ and singing work together to make a beautiful sound in a large cathedrial.

1. What are some things you learned about space and time from this reading?

2. How do you think time and space are related?

3. Do you think our perception of time and space would be different if it were not for people like Einstien and Galileo?

4. How do you think music is related to time and space?

Virtual Hunting

I think the idea of people being able to go on their computer and go hunting is different than the sport of actually hunting. if anything, From what i got from this video, a hunter is basically hosting a website in order to give fellow hunters a chance to practice hunting and do what they like to do virtually. I think alot of hunters prefer the traditional meathod of hunting and are reluctant to adapt to virtual hunting. If anything, i think virtual hunting would help train hunters for the real thing. Its a great meathod for teaching people how to hunt if they are interested and get a better feel for it before they commit to it. Guns and hunting gear could be very expensive and if you commit to it, you have to go all out and buy the materials. This could give prospective hunters an idea if they are willing to invest the time and money in the real thing. Video games are really adding to the experience of different activities and give people a better understanding of the experience, especially simulators such as the virtual hunting one. This game is basically a hunting game from a hunters perspective and because it is different than the traditional ways of hunting, it recieves a good amount of criticism. The video was even saying that this virtual hunting simulator might even soon be required in order to do the real thing. I don’t really see anything wrong with that because it trains people and gives them an idea of what they are getting themselves into, it can also teach them how to use the equiptment and teach them hunting safety. However, the game is controlled by the computer and you can actually kill live animals. With this said, as far as morals go, i think virtual hunting is not much morally different than real hunting because either way an animal dies. I can see why experienced hunters would be apposed to the idea because it goes against what they are used to. Traditional hunters like the whole experience of hunting: waking up early, climbing into a small tree hut, and waiting for animals to come out.

1. What do you think of virtual hunting?

2. Why do you think hunters might be against virtual hunting?

Virtual Iraq and PTSD

I think virtual Iraq is a pretty neat groundbreaking experience but im not exactly sure if it will help people get over their post traumatic stress disorder. I feel like the soldiers that come back from Iraq with this disorder have a hard time remembering Iraq and don’t really want to be reminded of what happened. What this virtual reality program does is basically makes the soldiers feel like they are back in Iraq but they are not fighting or being aggressive. They put on virtual reality goggles and hold a fake gun and as they look around, they can see the images of a virtual world which is known as Iraq. As they go through the game, they can hear the sounds of war, see people fighting and dying, and even smell the smells they would smell in Iraq. With all these senses going on and not being able to fight, this virtual reality game sets out to give the soldiers a sense of peace and NOT a sense of revenge. From my perspective, if i was a soldier in Iraq and saw my friends die to the hands of Iraque soldiers, i would be outraged to be brought back into the moment. If anything i feel like it would give me more anger and rage to see the things going on that i saw when my friends or fellow soldiers died. However, contrary to my belief, the spokesman of this video said that they have had success with this treatment that really surprises me. But i guess it would be hard for me to be able to tell if it would work or not because i have not been through a traumatic war experience.

1. Do you virtual Iraq is a good tool to helping people with post traumatic stress disorder?

2. How would you feel if you went through something traumatic in war and experienced this virtual reality simulator?

Readings 4: Copyright and Creativity
January 3, 2009, 1:38 am
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Article 1: The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism

This article taught me a lot about plagiarism and someone else’s perspective on it. It basically discusses history of plagiarism and copyright laws and how they originated. The consitution states the copyright protection law and how any work “copied” from another person must be credited. Plagirism can be directly related to music, art, and papers. There were multiple artists who stole lyrics from others, however some artists did not mind while others did. Everyone has a different view on plagiarism and it is a very touchy subject especially with the growth of the internet. This article discusses the different of gifts and how for instance a commons is something that belongs to all people. Plagiarism is a very touchy subject that can be hard to pin point. Having something copywriten basically allows you to work off of other people’s ideas or inventions but gives them credit for the original thought. There is an argument that if people did not work off each other’s ideas how would anything get done? For this reason i believe copyright laws are very useful and protect artists. I do agree that people need to work off of other people’s ideas but they need to give the originator credit and recognition.


1. Do you believe copyright laws are too strict?

2. Do you think people plagiarise by coincidence? By this i mean someone writes something that has already been written with knowing?

3. What do you think the difference between being influenced and plagiarizing are?

The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality

I enjoyed reading this article because it was right to the point and very clear on its main issue: Do people think piracy laws are too strict and do what extent do people belive it is okay to copy something. David Pogue spoke to a lot of different audiences and discussed the issue of piracy. When he first started studying piracy, he knew what it was and that it was illegal and saw no shades of grey. However, when he started talking to people about the issue, he began to see where people do show shades of grey toward the issue of piracy. he began asking multiple question about piracy and have people raise their hands wheather they disagree. He spoke to many groups of adults who tended to put their hands up a good amount. However, he also spoke at a college and almost all of the students kept their hands down. Why is this you may ask? As i see it, it has to do with age difference and the culture we grew up in. First, cd’s today are expensive and due to the large amount of schoolwork and lack of career work students put in, i think they feel like piracy is not that serious. Alot of students can burn music and easily get away with it. I think they figure if i have no money and want to have music why not just download for free and the chances of getting caught are not very high. Also since the internet was not as popular in the lives of our parents, they do not realize what we do on the computer and are not aware that music can be downloaded for free and illegally so easily. Due to the lack of usage of the computer and internet between older parents and young kids, they are on a totally different level of computer knowledge. Also the article talked about people copying dvd’s from other sources or the television. The question involving this issue yeilded the same results.

1. Why do you think the adults raised their hands disagreeing with the senarios David spoke of but the college students did not?

2. Is it too easy to download music and movies illegally on the computer?

3. Do you record stores and movie stores are hurting because of the amount of piracy going on in the world today?

Lessig, Lawrence: watch this 20 minute presentation on youtube

This video was pretty interesting and informative on the issue of piracy. It discussed how creativity is being subsidized because of the government and the internet. Lawrence seemed to come across as a pretty liberal guy to me who thinks that people and the government are making piracy too big of a deal. I do agree with his point about creativity being challenged by piracy laws epseicaly over the internet. He discusses there needs to be some type of balance. I think that content like the videos he showed are fine because the songs are derived from someone else who already has recognition from them. I do believe however, if someone is going to make a video like the ones we saw, they should still include a small note such as “this song was originally performed by (Artist and song name). It is hard to enforce such a law because of all the endless numbers of spoofs on the internet already. I think what is done is done and maybe the governement should make internet websites require their submitters to properly cite their sources for their creative clips and images. The internet really complicates the plagirism issue and makes it hard to enforce it. I agree with Lawrence when he says the laws are not “balanced” and need to be more clear about what is okay especially on the internet. I do believe internet art should be cited more properly and they should try to figure out a way to tighten that enforcement.

1. Do you think that anime cartoons or “remixes” should be properly cited?

2. Do these remixes infringe copyright laws in your opinion?

3. How do you think plagiarism can be more effectively controlled on the Internet?