[seqfan] Re: Pictures taken at the AMS/MAA meeting in San Francisco
mlb at well.com
Sun Jan 24 21:14:29 CET 2010
A bit of off-road ranting; please delete freely and often...
> Anyway maybe I should make this step.
Perhaps. See below. Easy picture sharing and habitual texting are
the gateway drugs to full-blown social networking.
If you decide to go for it, be sure to always practice "safe text",
and don't forget to set your profile options to as comfortable a
privacy level as you can secure. You may want to filter being
spammed whenever someone, say, edits the OEIS wiki.
> There is a Sage facebook also.
Off-brands are just methadone to social networking. Why settle
getting stuck with anything "Liter" than the real black tar?
> Let's face(book) that times are changing!
Indeed. My kids, aged 18..25, are in what I call "the Facebook
generation". They report interesting effects these media have had on
their cohort. For example they are much more self-conscious in (now
endemic) snapshots, since their images get posted in this public
reputation-impacting way. They also report much more larger-scale
coordination and synchronizing of what traditionally have been
spontaneous intimate activities (eg going to a movie now involves
O(n^2) text message exchanges, with n growing). Nor are they naive;
they accept that the entities supporting these free services do so in
order to more effectively sell them goods, memes and other
stuff. Perhaps indeed civilization ends not with a bang, but with a tweet.
Meanwhile one still strives to maintain the highest standards of
curmudgeonry, but these tides sure do riseth as the thresholds
lowereth. My Facebook Profile's "Favorite Quote":
"For I see not what there is desirable in public esteem, were I
able to acquire and maintain it.
It would perhaps increase my acquaintance, the thing which I
chiefly study to decline."
--Sir Isaac Newton, 1669
Anyway, enjoy the pixels!
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