Thursday, June 29, 2017

Facebook Can Be Your Church According to Zuckerberg

At a recent Facebook event, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented on how "membership in all kinds of groups has declined," and says that Facebook communities can fill the gap left by diminishing religious participation. He said that by growing Facebook groups and communities it will “bring the world closer together.”

Kind of scary, especially considering the power of Facebook to censor and the ability to control a lot of who and what we see; learn your temperament; recognizes your face; developing technology to read your mind.

Are we alone or together?!

In 2011, MIT professor Sherry Turkle wrote an intriguing and insightful book, "Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other." The book describes the "new, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy and solitude. "

At her website, she crystallizes her findings and insights in these words:
"Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we face a moment of temptation. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, we conduct “risk free” affairs on Second Life and confuse the scattershot postings on a Facebook wall with authentic communication."
She stated in a 2012 Ted Talk presentation, Connected, but alone!:
"And so from social networks to sociable robots, we're designing technologies that will give us the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship."

Technology is not going away but we do have the choice to control it rather than let it control us. Has Facebook become your place of worship?

Related reading:

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook can be your church - Sky News

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook can build communities — much as churches do - Market Watch

How Facebook censors your posts (FAQ) - CNet

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