From the daily archives:

Friday, May 14, 2024

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  • There has been quite a bit of energy given to the matter of Facebook privacy and customer relations lately. Some friends are pulling down accounts. Bill Meloney drew the curtain on his Facebook account on May 1. A few others are quietly disentangling themselves and may make public announcements later.

    I have spent way too much time talking and thinking about this. As A. Hitler said to his buddy, Harvard alumnus Ernst “Putzi” Haenfstangl,

    “There is only so much room in a brain, so much wall space, as it were, and if you furnish it with your slogans, the opposition has no place to put up any pictures later on, because the apartment of the brain is already crowded with your furniture.”

    I call this the bandwidth problem. For every drive-time hour I spend listening to Limbaugh, I am missing an hour of NPR. Every column inch that the dead tree press dedicates to Facebook is a column inch subtracted from deeper discussion of the oil industry’s “regulatory capture” of the agencies charged with controlling egregious profit taking at the expense of the environment.

    Last week Reuters reported that Obama would stick to his timetable for US troop withdrawal from Iraq. Yesterday the news broke that there would be a slowdown in the withdrawal.

    I don’t really have time to get into all of that though. I have Facebook privacy crap to talk about.

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