Does Facebook bring out the saint or the sinner?

Headline news that surprised no one, I’m sure. Facebook has transformed world communication. The article I just finished said that a FB byproduct is that it enforces honesty. It’s harder to lie to friends and bosses when your life is splayed across status updates for all the world to see. Calling in sick to work while posting pictures of yourself at Disneyland? Hmmm. Yet, at the same time, I hear bits and pieces about people with fake online identities. Facebookers can use their cyber platforms to air rants and in some cases, harass people. So which is it? Does Facebook “enforce honest and transparency” Or is it an easy way for people to air lies, half truths and ill advised rants? Or perhaps, it is a mixture of both.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by JOYE on May 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t do Facebook because i just don’t want to spare the time. I would rather spend that time reading a book. The book i am now reading is by Kate Noble If I Fall. It is a good storyline

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  2. Posted by Ben S. on May 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Facebook and other social media are tools. As such, they can be used for good and for bad. It is a great way to reconnect with longlost friends, develop business networking opportunities, share recipes, console people who post bad news and congratulate pepope with good news. We can see wonderful pictures of family trips, and read jokes and comments that are in extremely bad taste. Social media was instrumental in helping the Arab Spring, and otherwise exposing oppressed citizens from other countries a different way of life. And yes, it can be used to invade privacy, lie about one’s marital status, or be used to help investigate a person. I remember reading in an SI article that some NFL teams set up a fake account with a picture of a pretty female purported student to befriend a potential draft pick just to see whether there are pictures of the young athlete drinking/using dangerous substances, or otherwise exhibiting improper behavior. I’ll confess that I signed up to Facebook initially just to monitor my college-bound daughter. However, I still think that coial media is a useful tool. I wonder if historically other tools, such as the telephone, also sparked a similar public debate when it became popular.

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