Tuesday, January 15, 2008

FACE-LESS DIALOGUE

GUARDIAN ARTICLE ON FACEBOOK

This is a brilliant and scary article. It shows how facebook is subtly helping our 'commodification' as individuals and selling our souls in the process. It takes a strong stance against internet dialogue and for face to face contact. This is something that is much more natural and whole - on facebook, it is easy to lie about ourselves and only tell certain stories. Also privacy is severely compromised.

2008 is the European Year of Inter-Cultural Dialogue. I am sure it is meant to be real dialogue rather than virtual dialogue. It is true that we have little time to engage - and are also afraid of engaging as we may not be able to predict where it will lead. There is risk in dialogue. However, there is growth too. There is humanity. There is a potential for true friendship and community. This is something we must encourage and celebrate.

2 comments:

mike W said...

Like all social networking sites, Facebook has a great deal of potential for good, not least in introducing individuals into communities and networks to which they do not normally have a natural access. And they are great for fostering dialogue-potentially. It is where sites become a substitute for face to face dialogue that they can perform a disservice.

Jez said...

It too is dangerous where one learns lessons of interactions from such services. The BBC recently published an article where a scientific community advocated the parental banning of electronic media from children until a certain age. Though this itself is a difficult endeavour, our lessons should not start on the television set but in the real world.

We are social creatures and the virtual world can only satisfy these needs to a certain extent.