Two Faced(Book) World

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James Jone
20 November 2013
Scholarly Presentation In the Fall 2013 scholarly presentation, “Our Two-Face(book) World” by Kathryn Coleman a professor at College of the Canyons, a sociological discussion about the positive and detrimental effects of social media, particularly Facebook, can have on many people. The presentation began with a social media timeline rooted from 1920 up until present day jumping 5-10 years for every significant year that had an impact on the society we live in today. Several points and facts were stated throughout Coleman’s presentation, pointing out the benefits of Facebook and unfortunately the social disintegration of it as well. Facebook holds 1.11 billion active users and what keeps Facebook standing so tall is the billions of dollars worth of revenue they are receiving due to advertisements. By agreeing to the terms and services when we first sign up, we are essentially signing our virtual rights away so that our IP content is no longer private and anything we post is no longer our property. Although, this may seem overwhelming and difficult to process, there still lies one side of the issue, the advantage of Facebook. For example, Coleman mentioned the Hurricane Sandy page, which was created for victims of the hurricane to post cries for help when they had lost cell service and resulted in 911 using the page as assistance. It also keeps users up to date with current pop-culture, politics, and even taking away the forgetfulness of birthdays. The other side of the issue focuses on the virtual world vs. the real world. Following, poking, and befriending have completely different meanings in both worlds, and when taken too seriously in the virtual world it creates a “bureaucratization of friendship” in reality. The consequences of this issue causes users to track and count their friends taking away any kind of real quality from a…...

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