facebook HELL? by ProQuest


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									                                  Five years ago, a lot of information professionals were
                              fighting to get their organizations into MySpace (remember
                              MySpace?) and Facebook. I was one. It just seemed the
                              right thing to do, somehow. Inevitable. The evolution of the
                              web. “Meeting them where they’re at” and all that stuff.
                                  But in 2010, it somehow seems trite. Facebook in
                              particular has literally sold out its users (not its customers,
                              though, because it sells its users to its customers). Twitter,
                              though proven solid as an underground medium for
                              subversive journalism (evidence Iran, summer of 2009),
                              is just kind of vapid. It’s ultralite blogging — great for a
                              quick link, a flash of basiji horror, a punch line, a snide
                              remark ... and that’s about it. And MySpace has
                              left the professional’s radar screen and settled back
                              down, quite happily, it seems, into its comfy trailer
                              park aesthetique (don’t worry, we like trailer parks).

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                                                                                                                      FACEBOOK HELL?

                                                                                                               by   Woody Evans
                                                                                                                    Public Services Librarian
                                                                                                                      Tarrant County College

But why are librarians in particular                               History
                                                                      In some ways, our current situation echoes the tone of the
so taken with Facebook?                                            early days of the internet. The exuberance of what it represented,
Resource Shelf reported (back on March 24, 2010) the results of    even before it was the web, created a swell of hype that would
a Primary Research survey that found Facebook was perceived        eventually crash on the rocks in the tail end of the 20th century
as the most useful social networking tool by 31- to 39-year-old    (most notable by most people for its instantiation in the stock
librarians. These things change fast, of course, but if the cur-   market as a crash). Even on the old monochrome monitors, green
rently up-and-coming generation of librarians thinks Facebook      cursor blinking before a field of black negative space, the internet
is the most useful social networking, what exactly are these       invited us to imagine what it would mean if we really were build-
librarians using Facebook for?                                                         ing a kind of Gibsonian cyberspace in slow
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