Facebook goes tough :)

Posted on March 16, 2008

Well, after announcing the instant messaging service for Facebook users a few days ago, now this worldwide community website makes a new move on globalizing its messages into all possible languages on Earth by involving its users into translating the interface …

Aren’t we transforming ourselves into a folklore society … where everything has no particular author, just vast groups of people making the final message in a process of collective work? Yes, I think a new middle ages awaits us …

This is an old thought of mine, that we are now like the Romans were back in 200 BC … having all resources at hand, properly using all information to gain societal, economical and cultural outcomes. But in a slow motion development, after 500 years, all of a sudden, the individual voice was no longer important, collective works became the most relevant for further development… and I can see this trend of collective (read “community”) based information and outcomes going to the new middle ages era. What do you think of that?

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  1. Zoran April 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t think we need Facebook as an excuse for stating that we are becoming a folklore society – just look at Wikipedia! Although some people resent this collective work evolution, I think it is the best thing that could have happened to humanity. However, I wouldn’t say Middle Ages, I see it rather as Illuminism (you know, knowledge to the people and stuff)…

  2. Ruschi April 21, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    lots of people have a dark image of the middle ages.. but i think it is not… it’s just really profound change for the good, with lots and lots of modifications that were usually described in the nineteenth century as dark and fearful, rather than taken for what they were..

    facebook is not the only excuse :) … wiki was one of the signs, globalisation in a sense in also about become one giant village as they say :)

    illuminism was the elite bringing the culture to the masses, now we have the masses doing the culture… no names, no identities, just ways of doing things..

  3. Linda Margaret April 22, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Were we ever not a folklore society? Between PR and marketing and research studies that choose their questions and thus at least narrow possible answers, we have always believed or been suspicious of what was said rather than know what is. I guess we’ve always lived in a hall of mirrors, and the Internet is no exception. Just be media savvy if you are looking for information and be as honest as possible if you are giving it.

  4. Ruschi April 22, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Linda!

    Thanks so much for the comment. You have an interesting viewpoint to bring to my story.

    Statistically speaking, european societies have been collective and folklore-based since 4th-5th century up until 13th century. After that, the trend was increasingly individual and this has been more than ever true in the 20th century. Who you were was far more important than where you’re from, what culture you’ve been brought into. The single spirit could have won the world!

    That trend kinda stoped a few decades ago, and now, i think the who is not so relevant anymore… the community, and especially the online communities are stronger and stronger and dictating the rules to change.

    You brought a very interesting aspect into discussion: is online a faster way to replicate thoughts between members of a community? I haven’t considered it that way so far, but of course it is, and that is why everything is much easier to be done by entire communities, rather than by a sigle soul.

    PR and marketing for this medium added even more mirrors, and now even media savvy specialists find it hard to manage the immense amount of information placed on the internet at our disposal, while communities have more strength to digest and decant the relevant from the irrelevant.

    Everybody was an I, now we’re all going to be back to being the WE :D

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