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Book Published Via Facebook. Wha Wha?

To all my Facebook Fiends, here is your chance to change the (forgive the pun) face of books by putting books on Facebook. Writer Alex Epstein has made a collection of short stories and poems into individual photos to place on Facebook. Within one photo album, Epstein utilized his knowledge of social media to bring in readers.

http://electricliterature.com/blog/2012/02/15/the-facebook-book/

For regular FB users, this may be the only exposure they have to good writing or any writing at all. It is a chance to show how beneficial social media can be. It’s not just about share minute by minute life updates. In its purest form, social media sites like FB help people share things that are lost in the culture.

It is much easier for people to read a book by flipping through photos constantly updated on their FB wall than to go buy a tangible book. The bibliophile/bookworm in me cringes to say, but not every one can love books like that. So this social experiment gives those potential readers a chance to see a book in a different light.

One of the most interesting aspects of the experiment is the readers’ reactions. Epstein was shocked at the immediate response he received. Similar to the reaction an author receives with a public reading, Epstein could see which parts of the book people enjoyed, what they shared with their friends, and what the readers thought.

It is instant gratification for author and readers alike. Although I have not seen the book, I find his optimism inspiring. If one man can hope to transform the exposure of the book into a social media experience through Facebook, then there is so much more in store for writing. The innovation has only just begun in this digital age, and it isn’t slowing. In fact, I think this will be one of many new ideas for sharing books that defies our previous notions and expectations. I give Epstein credit for his creativity. I hope he finds more inspiration for greater ideas.

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/author-publishes-book-as-facebook-photo-album_b47197

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Murder by Facebook. Wait, what?

As most of you know, there have been some negative effects to the innovation that is social networking. Websites like Twitter and Tumblr have made it easy for people to share their thoughts instantly across the globe.  People easily hand over  their privacy in return for connecting with people countries apart. It’s not difficult to give people all of the information they need to find your house and break in when you’re away.

Facebook has become one of the most used social networking sites in the world, but it comes with a price. Friendships, marriages, and lives have been ruined because of a simple post on Facebook. Although video games like Second Life and W.O.W. have managed to do the same, nothing can compare to the impact social sites  have had on our perception of reality. While a marriage can end because the spouse would rather live his/her Second Life, sites like Facebook and Myspace can tear apart lives as they are being lived. Cyber bullying and murders have stemmed from the trust and lack of privacy on these sites.

Say you have your address posted on your Facebook and your profile is not set to private. Then, you post that you’re going on vacation for a certain amount of time. Someone can very easily go to your house and break in knowing all the information necessary to never be caught in the act.

On this website, it details the 13 Craziest Deaths caused by social media sites.

http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-craziest-deaths-caused-by-social-media/whitney-milam

The first is relatively harmless compared to others on the list.  A woman from New Zealand got bored  and decided to psychologically scar dozens of young men. She created fake profiles for young women and killed them through various, traumatizing ways.  And this as I said is a tame one. The next one immediately makes you drop your jaw in horror. A woman separated from her husband does the unthinkable and changes her status to single. Terrible huh? She separates from him and changes her status, OMG?! It seems normal, but her husband felt otherwise. His response wasn’t a nasty message on Facebook. Instead, he sneaked into her parents house and stabbed her to death. You’re thinking this only happens in nightmares, not reality, but no. He did it and then he killed himself. Seems just a little over reaction for a simple status change.

Now I know I used to care about what was put on Facebook and what I put on there. It was only after growing up a little did I realize that there was no sense in caring about what people typed about. It matters what people say in person instead. However, these people aren’t just teenagers, they are full grown adults.

As I read on the scenarios get weirder. A son kills his father for taking away his Myspace. I mean, come on, Myspace? It wasn’t even that great! It was cluttered and too many fake emo kids were on it. However, the kid was suicidal and this act of discipline drove him to the edge. Just a different one.

It’s not just limited to Facebook or Myspace. Twitter is a fast, easy place to threaten and kill people you don’t like. One pair of friends had just this happen. One guy killed the other, fighting over a girl, and tweeted about it later. To paraphrase Kanye West, “How could he be so heartless?”

The moral of all of these stories is not to care about what is posted on social networking sites. In the digital age, more social interactions are being transferred online.  However, not everything on there should be taken to the extent that it is. In the real world things can get out of hand pretty easily. Someone can be provoked to do violent things with just a few sentences. It has become a scary world when you can post something on the internet and physically suffer for it.

To me, being careful about the political or spiritual beliefs you have is important to survival nowadays. Sometimes relationships can change because people have become more sensitive to the things being placed on social networking sites. It’s important to take things with a grain of salt in your virtual world and the real one. Please be careful because the next post…could be your last… duh duh duhhhhhhh!

 

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What Being Social Is All About!

This post is inspired by some of the graduates of my M.F.A. program at Carlow. They detailed what life is like now for a writer and how he/she can appeal to the masses through social media. And guess what? They hit the nail on the head!

Now my idea to start a blog also stemmed from this idea to appeal to potential readers. However, I have found that making myself write every day on a site that people actually care about what I say is empowering. It gives me confidence, inspiration, and the courage to write more each day.

So, when the graduates of the program showed me the following video, I was changed. No longer do I just post on Facebook because I feel the need to say something funny or interesting. I made posts showing who I am, even in my private account. Talking about ideas I cared about and issues that are important for other people to read.

This change in how I view social media is what brings us to the social media revolution. The opportunity for our generation to alter how we communicate and create relationships all over the globe unlimited by boundaries and oceans. It is urgent, now more than ever, to support the revolution with the recent protest of SOPA and PIPA, which could ultimately restrict our freedoms.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present…THE SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION:

 

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