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April 24, 2006

The Sociology of Facebook

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Despicable squared-eyes toy or handy communicational medium, in any case Facebook is rapidly institutionalising within our university’s student culture. Although presumably most people would prefer the latter description.

facebook banner2Pondering over the speed with which Facebook has become a central phenomenon in everyday life (a click on my friends list, for example, will tell me that more than a handfull of them have updated their profile within the last 24 hours), I came to think how Facebook might be capable of transforming our social behaviour, placed in the new context of the internet. Do we interact differently in an online community? After all, we find easy access to a whole bunch of people’s sort-of-private information – which they, admittedly, willingly expose to any member of the community. In addition to this, I can find that the most remote characters are only one “social connection” away from me.

Personally, I have so far maintained the policy of “if I have never met you in flesh and blood, I’m not adding you”, and I would assume most other students do. However, with respect to functions that go unnoticed (here I’m refering to “Facebooking” replacing “Googling” people), I must admit that I feel considerably freer to go and discover what people are about, down to their favourite bands, societies and online published photos. One observer once said: “The internet is not what society is, it is what society would like to be if it knew no constraints.”

Campaign Time Again. Oxfam Petition.

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oxfamlogoPlease visit all ye who care, and see if Oxfam might be able to lure you into signing this petition, which they managed to make do. Probably a means to make you feel better about yourself, but if it doesn’t help, it doesn’t harm either. In any case, big numbers for noble causes tell of good social intentions and that is also worth something.

Heat! This Friday

Heat logoThis Friday will see another full night of international clubbin’ block rockin’ beats in the Cooler. All come, it’s till 3am now. And if you have any special requests, post them here, dj Tom and myself will see what we can do for you!

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