Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Friday, April 6, 2012

A Facebook Future?

Image Source: I09.

Last month, i09 posted this faux Facebook ID card, conceived by artist Tobias Leingruber. Leingruber is confirming that the way in which Facebook marries commercial interests to private ones is erasing any chance of anonymity for the consumer:
Given how absurdly ubiquitous Facebook has become (and how they ultimately give fuck-all about your privacy in the grand scheme of things), the folks at FB Bureau have gone ahead and begun printing Facebook identification cards. Quick, jump on the bandwagon before the Like Police come a-knocking! Explains FB Bureau: "With more than 800 million users Facebook is the dominant identity system on the web. When signing-up for new services around the open web it's quite common to use Facebook Connect instead of creating a new user account. People stop ranting on blog comments because they only allow comments connected to your 'real name' aka 'Facebook Identity' (till the end of time). For the good or bad we are losing anonymity and Facebook Inc. is establishing order in this "world wild web" (for profit, not necessarily for the good of society). 
I hope Facebook dies before it gets this far. More reports on Leingruber's concept art are here, here and here.

For my other posts regarding Facebook, see here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, herehere and here.

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