Facebook ‘fun’

It’s amazing how people are willing to post pretty much anything on their personal social networking pages. It’s even more amazing how some of these posts end up as a national news items.  The Independent, ran an article about a retired IDF soldier posting unkind and controversial photographs of herself with blindfolded Arab prisoners, and captioned it as “IDF – the best time of my life”.  I wonder if this woman knew when posting these pictures, that eventually Facebook would take them down, both the IDF and the PA would comment on her actions, and the whole situation would be written about in several news articles. Part of Gene Smith’s “Social Software Building Blocks” is the concept of ‘Reputation’ – a way of knowing the status of other people in the system (Who’s a good citizen? Who can be trusted?) (Stephens 2007). Figuring out if another person has a good reputation, is seen through their posts on social networking venues like Facebook. In my case, I would choose not to be associated with the aforementioned soldier, due to her public display of insensitivity and bias. The internet really is a public a place, and as shown from the above story, it seems that it would behoove us to behave accordingly.

Here’s the original citation:

Israeli soldier posts photos of Palestinian prisoner on Facebook.  (August 17, 2010). The Independent (London, England), p.18. Retrieved August 18, 2010, from custom newspapers via Gale:

Here’s the corrected version:

The Independent.  (2010, August 17). Israeli soldier posts photos of Palestinian prisoner on Facebook. The Independent (London, England), p. 18.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Felice Gomez-Spencer
    Aug 19, 2010 @ 21:34:24

    Interesting blog! It’s amazing how much information is out there for public use, and its strength is also its weakness.


  2. Colleen Salinas
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 04:41:35

    That is truly shocking; I drafted and H.R. policy for appropriate guidelines the use of internet searches of candidates in making hiring decisions. In my research I found that 25% of hiring managers who “googled” candidates had NOT hired someone because of something the internet search revealed. Yet so many still seem oblivious of the accessibility of what they post about themselves on the internet.


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