I saw this in a Slashdot thread this morning. It looks like he wrote this a while ago, but one of the links in his rant was Social Media and the Perils of Looking for ‘Likes’ from 2014. Somehow, I missed this one.

    But it does create an oddly circular culture: Kids develop social media audiences in order to become "stars," which really just means having enough social media followers to sell out to a brand for sponsorship. Perhaps more amazingly, none of them seem to mind. When I asked kids what they thought about "selling out" for my PBS documentary on social media, none of them could even tell me what "selling out" meant. They thought it had something to do with there not being any tickets left for a concert.

One of my cousins has a facebook page for their children with tons of images. The kids are 2 and 5. I think about all the crazy stuff I did as a teenager and am very, very happy that all we had to record the adventures were our brains and crappy film cameras that only worked half the time, and of the times they did work the images were fuzzy and nondescript.

I'm now learning how to use Facebook to promote the astronomy club, and I feel dirty about it. It is weird how adept some of the younger kids are at finding people and sending friend requests, all of which I deny. The only people I am friends with are family that I have met, and I've been called "weird" and "old" for that but I don't care. Hopefully the kids out there end up smarter than I and are able to deal with this.


I don't always or even often agree with him but I'm and unabashed fan of RMS.

I do agree with him about facebook, it's the cigarettes of the internet.

posted by francopoli: 1120 days ago