Facebook Party Outcasts: Undesirables in the Age of Social Media
In the Soviet Union, those without Facebooks would have been known collectively as ” alien elements” and/or “social aliens.” They would have been ostracised from work and leisure, looked down upon by the Party for his/her perceived suspicious actions – you know, wanting some privacy – and they probably would have also been framed for crimes so as to get them caught up in the gulag system.
Today, we are at a stage when social amendments are being made to what constitutes a suspicious person and/terrorist, and its beginning to look a lot like all of us. It’s a global phenomenon as a German newspaper makes connections about mass murderers who did not use Facebook and Forbe’s uncovers that human resources departments will not hire somebody simply because they are not on Facebook. As disenfranchisement gets extended by the image-makers in the media and entrainment, one day those without Facebook’s will be classified by the state as “privacy enemies” – those who yearn for suspicious levels a privacy, that is any privacy at all.
The ubiquitousness of Facebook has led an increasing number of insane and control-craving employers and psychologists to regard people who are not on social networking sites are “suspicious.” The German magazine Taggspiegel even pointed out that accused theater shooter James Holmes and Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik are similar insofar as neither had a Facebook account. That paper claimed that those not on the site could be considered untrustworthy. Moreover, Forbes has reported that human resources departments in the nation shy away from young job candidates who are not on the website.
The social media Facebook is functioning as the wet-dream of the Stasi, turning U.S. state-enterprise into an information rich complex of predictive power. In the U.S. especially, but the world over really, intelligence agencies have at their fingertips the awesome power of Stasi files maintained by the citizenry itself. It’s beyond East Germany by many magnitudes. Social media websites function as a cloud-world in which individual’s update avatars that are representations of themselves for the use of any intelligence agency, government agency, financial institution or other company that has the clout to gain access to the information.
Farhad Majoo and Emily Yoffe of Slate discussed young people and not being on Facebook, suggesting that one person should not date another if they are not on Facebook in the ultimate display of state-approving social liberalism:
Farhad: I think we’ve mentioned it before that if you are going out with someone and they don’t have a Facebook profile, you should be suspicious.
Emily: Wait a minute. You may have mentioned that.
Farhad: I think I’ve recommended that. You know why, though? Imagine if this guy didn’t have a Facebook profile. That’s why. You should be suspicious of someone who is not making your relationship known publicly on a site like Facebook. I’m going to go on record with that.
Emily: I’m fine with people not having a Facebook page if they don’t want one. However, I think you’re right. If you’re of a certain age and you meet someone who you are about to go to bed with, and that person doesn’t have a Facebook page, you may be getting a false name. It could be some kind of red flag.
Is it shocking hyperbole when the UK Daily Mail suggests, “Continuing to navigate life without having this digital form of identification may be like trying to get into a bar without a driver’s license,” or this a sign of a neo-soviet incoming? Some Nazi Doctors seem to be on board, as psychologist Christopher Moeller recently said that “using Facebook has become a sign of having a healthy social network.” In my opinion, that is surely no argument that lack of a Facebook is a sign of an unhealthy social network.