Freedom and Facebook

Monday, July 25th, 2011

For some reason, this really drove it home for me.

There’s something poignant, modern, and beautiful about completing the journey from subject of an activist Facebook page calling for your release, to out of prison, free, and . . . starting your own Facebook page.

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14 Responses to “Freedom and Facebook”

  1. #1 |  Aresen | 

    You almost got me to sign up for Facebook there.

    Almost.

  2. #2 |  Mister DNA | 

    I got a huge smile on my face when I saw in my newsfeed, “Radley Balko is now friends with Cory Maye and 13 other people.”

    Fellow agitatortot Nipplemancer and I were discussing earlier whether or not other Hit & Run commenters and Agitator readers are on Facebook.

    It’s gotten to where I use Facebook more as a tool for interacting with others in the Liberty movement than I do for socializing with friends and family. The dividends have actually been quite rewarding.

    Anyways, I hope Cory doesn’t get too tired of reading the “If you agree with this, post it as your status update. 97% won’t have the courage to do it, blah blah blah” status updates…

  3. #3 |  Steve V | 

    Facebook is the new MySpace. Plus they cooperate blindly with law enforcement, and treat users like cattle regarding privacy & control of their own content.

    Switch to Google Plus!

  4. #4 |  croaker | 

    @1 Yup. Facebook is a good way to get fired.

  5. #5 |  DoubleU | 

    @#3 Steve…
    Because Google is all about privacy. (/sarcasm)

  6. #6 |  Matt | 

    “Facebook is the new MySpace. Plus they cooperate blindly with law enforcement, and treat users like cattle regarding privacy & control of their own content.”

    That is because the users _are_ cattle. Convenience trumps privacy. Security trumps liberty. It’s the new American way.

  7. #7 |  Andrew S. | 

    I find it funny that people complain about how much information Facebook takes/asks for and then recommend Google+… when Google already *has* far more information about you than Facebook could ever dream of having.

  8. #8 |  BSK | 

    Personally, all the complaints about Facebook or Google and privacy fall on deaf ears for me. They are private companies that are entitled to do what they will with the information, provided they do not violate agreed-upon terms of service. Obviously, we should be curious/concerned why the government is seeking this information and outraged if they are compelling the information in violation of Facebook or its users rights. But Facebook is just as entitled to “cooperate blindly with law enforcement and treat users like cattle regarding privacy and control of their own content” as they are to engage in any other legal business practice. If you don’t like it, don’t join.

  9. #9 |  Mario | 

    Where’s the “Like” button?

  10. #10 |  Tom | 

    Need to get him a Google Plus invite as well.

  11. #11 |  BruceH | 

    BSK, the problem is that Facebook is well known for introducing privacy violating features with little notice, and requiring users to opt of of the feature if they don’t want it. To complicate matters, their privacy control features are so byzantine they are completely opaque to many people.

  12. #12 |  BruceH | 

    And yes, if you don’t like it, don’t join. I’m sure everyone reads the fine print in the Terms of Service for every site they join.

  13. #13 |  Jonathan | 

    Reading your tweet last night made me smile. It really is wonderful.

  14. #14 |  Danno49 | 

    This makes me want to reactivate my account. But I can’t. FB is too much for me. That said, each time I read about Cory doing things you and I do every day and take for granted – I stop and think about the joy he must be experiencing with each step he takes outside those prison walls. And I forget about my own personal struggles. They ain’t SHIT.

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