Sharing My Marginalia

Aside from people who have figured out how to monetize the hell out of it, I really don’t understand people posting all kinds of personal information to networks like Facebook, Google+, etc. Nor do I understand why people would want to show the world what they underline when they read. (I only lend out books with marginalia to friends whom I wouldn’t mind reading what I’ve written.) But what I really don’t get are people who are shocked when businesses who have proven track records of selling and exploiting all of the private information you choose to make public head a little further down the slippery slope.

The new way is a little bit creepy — particularly since there doesn’t seem to have been any announcement from Amazon that they were changing how social media links were going to be used. (Amazon representatives haven’t responded to my requests for comment.)

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It’s simple: people are vain. Take a look around you at the fat kids (and I mean kids) who wear belly exposing tshirts and thinks it sexy/cool/fashionable. Why do some people tag buildings? They know they are ignored and not don’t feel important so they must call attention to themselves so they can feel special,hence Facebook and other nonsense. Look at me! I’m interesting! I’m special! (No you’re not – at least not because you’re on FB anyway). A little more humility and less self promotion is in order here but our culture celebrates status and celebrity and you too can be on the net with your photo and all your “friends”. What a waste of time.


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