[iDC] anti-social networking

Greg J. Smith greg.smith at utoronto.ca
Mon Jan 14 21:01:36 UTC 2008

geert at desk.nl wrote:
> For instance, Enemybook is a fantastic Facebook mini application that 
> allows you to finally tell your enemies as well as your friends what 
> you really think about them. Just like when adding friends, this 
> application allows you to detail exactly how you know the person and 
> came to be their enemy. Now seeing a list of someone?s enemies tells 
> me a lot more about them than their friends. Anti-social networking 
> sounds bizarre, but is a great way to relieve stress and divert your 
> anger into a better channel.
I understand the desire to not participate in these pervasive networks 
as they really can be quite unsettling if you are guarded about your 
personal information. That said, I don't get these anti-network 
networking sites. My perspective on the matter is to refer to a much 
more familiar situation: someone who doesn't want their phone number 
listed, requests as much and it is not published in the phone book.

To each their own I suppose. I can't see the utility in exchanging barbs 
with foes online.. even if it is tongue in cheek it is pretty much the 
web 2.0 equivalent of street fighting.

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