tl;dr Project – Considering the Rhetoric of Facebook

Toaster1)Facebook has only recently been the most popular social networking website.  This is due to differences in design and management. One of the most common reasons for Facebook was the promise of “security”. However, though Facebook thrives due to its reputation for privacy and security, its ultimate aim is to blur the definition of “friend” and “distant acquaintance.” In doing so it negates the effect of its security regulations and instead coaxes its users into a mode of public “self-broadcasting”. Second paragraph, page 2 – 160/80

2)Uniting users with an identical page layouts, Facebook doesn’t allow  the orientation of page information to be altered. These “uniforms” eliminates the need to judge the book by its cover. Users on Facebook focus on the  information presented by the thousands of  people hoping to be  potential friends. Second paragraph, page 3 – 103/48 

3) “Facebook stalking” a term created specifically for the extensive online “people watching” that has magnified this behavior past anything seen in the real world. A “Facebook stalker” will read the profile information and view the photos of someone who doesn’t have to be their “friend” on Facebook. This new extension of people-watching has. Second paragraph, page 4. 83/53

4) Facebook is not actually invasive, it does not actually breach the social standards of privacy. Facebook is a magnified and unconstrained form of people watching. Facebook will ultimately have no life altering effects. Facebook is mostly a recasting of basic social networking, for Facebook is not a forum in which people create friends. It is not “friend-building”, but rather “people-monitoring.” Its root is common in all of mankind. People are interested in people, that is one thing that I am sure will never change. Second paragraph, page 5. 169/84

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