Thursday, October 25, 2007

Because There Can Never Be Too Many Facebook Parodies

Siva Vaidhyanathan points out that the People for the American Way have created a pretty funny Right Wing Facebook page to commemorate the Republican primary process.

I'm, of course, waiting for the inevitable parodies of the new Microsoft-Facebook deal.

It is also interesting to see how the Facebook metaphor gets applied to unrelated and very different applications merely because there is some user-generated content. For example, the Actics website has been described as the "ethical Facebook" for corporations, even though Actics doesn't have the same communicative or friend-networking functions that cause many college students to use the popular social networking site. The emotive nouns that consumers are allowed to rate, which supposedly represent the companies' stated values, range from "attentiveness" to "truthfulness." Right now many corporations appear to be using their "green" label and Actics' "environmentalism" category to get some free advertising from the site.

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