People of the book

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It seems all and sundry are claiming invasion of privacy and that employers are “spying” on them. Again Web 2.0 is at fault for the stupidity of individuals who have rather dubious assertions that they lost their jobs because of comments posted on either their or friends Facebook walls, after an employer became aware of the dissent these rebellious social net workers were espousing amongst friends. They claim that work colleagues “dobbed” them in and with consequences far exceeding their wildest expectations. Well it does seem on the surface, a rather fantastical or delusional assertion, “OMG I got sacked coz I said Company X or Mister K was a joke” Well perhaps if their assertions of spying were true, it does seem a rather drastic position to be taking by terminating employment based on a Twitter or Facebook one liner.

After all, these “victims” of spying describe themselves as model employees whose comments were taken out of context but is this really the truth or just flagrant self promotion without justification. Besides what do you really expect when you are dissing the hand that feeds? Possibly it may seem like harmless sarcasm but promoting dissent and low morale amongst co-workers may send a different message to the Corporation that employs you. I know I’ve expressed some unsavoury aspects of working the 9 to 5 shuffle on this blog but I’m not stupid enough to invite fellow workers to read my blog, if they for some reason stumble upon it and read my thoughts I can hardly accuse my boss for any ill fortune that comes my way for publishing inane commentary of societal and personal phenomena. Rarely do I resort to ad hominem to express my distaste and I certainly wouldn’t publicly name and diss the person(s) that put a pay cheque into my account each fortnight, that would just be silly and somewhat hypocritical.

It seems that the people of the book could be a little more aware when posting willy-nilly on a not so private domain. After all, big brother never sleeps and has eyes and ears everywhere. Even in  the spheres of social networking sites, perhaps it is where his eyes dilate and ears prick to the twitterings of  the naive the most.

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Facing the book

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I was tempted to sign up to facebook the other night but I quickly realised the folly of such a desperate measure. In truth I merely wanted to poke around at peoples profiles, just to see what all the fuss is about and to generally have a sticky beak. But having to sign up just for the privledge seems a little too drastic for a nights entertainment. Ah well I’ll just have to make do with being kept in the dark to the goings on in social networking sphere. I’m still not quite sure of why these things are so popular and it makes me wonder if I’m missing out on all the action by just having my own little space kept in the closet of cyber space, away from the hype and mainstream.

I remember last year when I was mentally unstable, doing the same thing with Myspace, except I actually signed up and made a profile; but it all came to decay when I realised the grave error of judgment I’d made. All the cacophony of creating a profile based on some geeks vision of coolness just gave me the shits and the ultimate humiliation was when that fucker Tom added himself as a friend? Did I want that cockhead as a friend? No fucking way! Anyway my foray into social networking ended as soon as it began, disgusted with myself for wavering to temptation in a moment of weakness, I deleted the profile. I learnt this time from past folly and managed to disavow myself from becoming another victim of social networking. Surely it isn’t good, after all teenage girls seem to neck themselves when my-spacing out.

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