Friend Me If You Facebook: Generation Y And Preformative Surveillance

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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 …show more content…
Westlake’s points within his article, “Friend Me if You Facebook: Generation Y and Performative Surveillance,” concerning Facebook’s ability to keep society connected and up-to-date with issues while users offer themselves up to surveillance. I agree with Westlake due to my own personal experiences of staying connected with geographically-distant friends and usage of the “private” settings listed on Facebook. Zuckerberg’s social network is an excellent tool that is merely corrupted and scrutinized due to those that abuse it through their inappropriate pictures and posts. Overall, however, Facebook is personal and unique; the network is customizable to fit to one’s personal needs and privacy preferences. In conclusion, if you are someone who is fighting Facebook, stop wasting your breath; you can either fix your privacy settings or simply get off of Facebook. Zuckerberg has contended that Facebook’s mission is to “build tools to help people connect with the people they want and share what they want, and by doing this we are extending people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships.” The keywords in his statement are “they want.” People have the power to share what they want with whom they want; it all begins with the simple click of the “settings”

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