FaceBook As A Temporary Social Sandpit

Graham Wegner, Jan 03, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've been reading Facebook more and more as many of my friends and family become connected. But I've become increasingly frustrated by the stream, which instead of sending me actual posts from them, has been increasingly sending useless posts from Huffington Post, Upworthy, Forbes, LifeHacker, and other publications I assume to be premium content partners. So how should I think of it? I like the idea of Facebook being a temporary social sandpit. With the emphasis on temporary. Graham Wegner writes, "by the time they (our students) enter the workforce, Facebook may be dead and buried, all of its inane data buried deep in the web where only the most dedicated needle-in-the-haystack hacker will be able to make sense of the posts, chats and likes of the Facebook era."

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