It's been an incredibly long time since I have posted to this blog, and for that I'm truly sorry. It is because once I was away from a laptop, it became difficult to spend time on a shared computer and post. And upon returning to campus, time became even less available, which it still is, but scarificing sleep most of the time allows me to do this.
But enough of the rambling excuses but on to more important bits of information. So a little bit about campus, which is still rife with issues and stupid people. The election year is now really underway. For those in Michigan, the last day to register to vote in Ann Arbor is October 10, so make sure to register. Facebook, which is a social networking site mainly for college students, because a significant piece of controversy a few weeks ago, making it to the pages of all college newspapers and even important enough to make it to the New York Times.
Facebook created a "news feed" and "mini feed" that allowed for you to monitor (actually keep track and read up about) the activities of your friends on the networking site. So you knew if John Doe wrote on Jane Doe's wall, or if Sarah said she was in a relationship, or Joe changed his picture. This caused an instantaneous uproar because college students across the country because they felt that their privacy was being invaded, along with the fact that it felt as if the news feed was "stalker-ish".
The massive outrage was quite remarkable for a generation of people who seem to have become very apathetic (at least as a whole). In about 24 hours, over 300,000 people joined the offical petition to have the news feed removed. New privacy controls were added but it seems like most people didn't change the settings anyway because they got used to the idea of being able to watch each other's moves like a hawk.
Regardless, its surprising how many walls are full of debates concerning abortion, the war in Iraq, Israel in Lebanon, Darfud and the other myriad of issues across the spectrum. However as someone who is active in the campus community and otherwise, I wonder where these people are. How can individuals be so involved on facebook in issues that other groups are trying to fight for? Is this just another form of passive activism? And how effective can this ever be? Its so easy to ignore an electronic message on posting wall somewhere on the Internet than a crowd of people at a protest.
Its suprising that Facebook, and other websites in the same vein, are more popular than the social/political/economic/cultural issues that are affecting us each day. We would rather hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable for making facebook for stalker-ish, but we won't take a stand on the gross violations of privacy that the U.S government commits thru the Patriot Act, and this new law to abolish habeas corpus for "enemy combatants"?
What is the world coming to? More specifically, what are young people coming to?