Aquest blogguer ens dona alguns arguments que ens poden ajudar a balancejar els avantatges e inconvenients de les xarxes socials online, sobretot des de la visió dels que som “filo-freesoftware” i tenim certs recels amb el poder de les grans corporacions.
Algunes una mica demagògiques, però la majoria força raonables. Almenys hem de ser conscients de que aquest servei “gratuit per als usuaris” és molt gratificant per als seus propietaris, gratificació no sempre evident. Es alguna cosa més que rebre publicitat a canvi de gratuitat del servei. A les xarxe socials online les nostres accions impliquen a tercers, a amics, companys, coneguts, a la seva privadesa i la seva llibertat, cosa no evident per a molts usuaris…
En fi, alguns arguments per a reflexionar-hi.
Jo de moment seguiré a la mitja dotzena de xarxes socials online en les que estic, tot i els seus inconvenients, però es que a mi em mou també, a més de la seva utilitat pràctica immediat, la curiositat sociològica de veure com funcionen i quines son les seves virtuds (moltes) i perills (molts també). 😉
Today I am deleting all the content from my Myspace account and leaving
only this notice. I’ve been inspired by the Franklin Street Statement
and Identi.ca and I realize and a free/libre/open source internet is
still possible, but it will require us to stop supporting corporate
websites such as myspace. Here are some good reasons to delete your
Myspace page, and support alternatives not run by corporations.
1. I’m tired of being free labor for the Fox corporation. The right wing
Fox news corporation owns myspace, and I’m not going to support them any
longer by giving them my content, my writing and images and information
about who my friends are, for free. I don’t support war, the way the Fox
corporation has, and I don’t want to provide them with more money to
spread more pro-war propaganda. According to their license, Myspace has
full rights to use my content things like advertisements for Myspace.
2. I actually care about my friends, and don’t want to screw them over
my making them a “friend” on Myspace. By using myspace, I’m forcing my
friends to sign up for a corporate owned, ad ridden, heteronormative web
service if they want to stay in touch with me. The way that we don’t
want to delete our accounts because we want to stay in touch with
friends or fans of our bands just shows how dependent we already are on
Myspace’s corporate controlled environment. We’re forced into a
compulsory relationship we don’t want because we want to “keep in touch”
with our friends?
3. I’m tired up updating so many websites because Myspace refuses to be
interoperable with other websites. Myspace and sites like it do not
allow you to download your data or automatically send it to other social
networking sites because they want to force you into the jail of their
website. Why? Why don’t we demand open social networking standards and
the ability to download our own content?
4. I have a good Free/Libre/Open Source alternative, my own blog. You
can read about what I’m up to at http://technotrannyslut.com , free of
ads for bad movies and music, free of binary gender choices and
heteronormative options for your relationships. Sites like Identi.ca
provide ethical, non-corporate controlled alternatives to sites like
Twitter. You can keep up with my status on Identi.ca, and sign up for
your own microblog, here: http://identi.ca/djlotu5 Help create a well
known list of alternatives like Identi.ca/Twitter , Opensim/Secondlife,
if you now of any, by posting a comment here:
Actually, even better than deleting your account, just delete all the
content and post a notice like this one.
This is just the beginning, I’m planning on getting off of Facebook and
other web services as well, and I hope you do too. We can have an
internet that is Free/Libre/Open Source, but only if we stop supporting
the corporate, locked down options we’ve been using all of these years.
As these services become more a part of our lives and get into our
phones and our everyday communications, it is critical that we fight for
our freedom. The Free/Libre/Open Source movement needs to expand from
just writing software, into creating networks of servers and services,
like Indymedia has done for so many years. Software alone is not enough
in a networked service ecology, where servers, cables, wireless
networks, infrastructure that we all control is essential if we want
freedom. I hope to see you back on the Free/Libre/Open Source internet. Bye.