Facebook : A Social Network Essay

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Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has said, “Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They’re keeping up with their friends and family, but they’re also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They’re connecting with the audience that they want to connect to.” Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard undergraduate, created the sensational social network from his dorm room in February 2004. Facebook was designed to allow for social networking and real-life social connections. Like many other online public networks, Facebook has received scrutiny for internet predators, state surveillance, and fake profiles. However, despite the social network’s flaws, Facebook allows for individuals to connect and stay in touch with geographically-distant friends and family members, remain up-to-date on current events, and network with future employers or companies. I agree with E.J. Westlake’s argument in his article, “Friend Me if You Facebook: Generation Y and Performative Surveillance,” that Facebook allows for society to stay connected with news and peers while offering themselves up to surveillance. Considering Westlake’s points within his article, I delved into my very own Facebook. My mom finally allowed me to create my Facebook profile while I was in eighth grade in January 2010. Reading through some of my old statuses, I feel embarrassed and wonder what in the world I was thinking. My statuses were composed of texting lingo and an…

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