So, while I am sitting reading a bunch of suggestive "I like it on..." statuses on my facebook feed, I discover the source of the highly sexualized meme phenomenon. I was particularly interested in my search because I found no evidence suggesting an organization was behind this; thus, there is no one responsible for the "awareness"/education.
Now, I am all for effective attention getters, but mind you that I purposefully chose the word, "effective". Sure, the phenomenon had me searching for whether or not there was an iPhone hack (because I mostly saw these posted through mobile devices). People can share all they want as long as they understand their audience. To me, there is a definite understanding of the audience in some of what this campaign is trying to achieve. However, I am not "educated" any more than I was before I started tracking down the phenomenon. (Sorry, you rose my interest only for dismissal.) Like I said, I found no organizations whose websites I could surf. I was not lead down the path to further education. Just look at the homepage: http://www.nbcam.org/. Rather, I just got a lot of commentary of the further sexualization of the breast cancer awareness campaign. I'm left wondering where did this originate and why is there no forwarding to the real cause/awareness sites? If anything, the meme phenomenon deviates a little too far from the intended goal.
There is more to be said about the phenomenon because people may not understand the breadth of their audience. Enter: youropenbook.org. In your next browser tab, you now see that this meme phenomenon is encouraging hundreds of (mostly) women to publicly identify their sexual (dare I say) "preferences". When I was skimming through all those posts, I was shocked at how many were faces of kids that would be the same age of kids I am teaching in high school.
Enter: facebook/BigBrother. While I tried to post the openbook findings as a PSA to my own feed/network (which will never include any of my students), facebook immediately marked my youropenbook.org links as spam and refused to allow me to post them.
(How ironic, facebook, you don't want us to share what you're sharing about us?)
When I tried to tweet them through, my statuses were also removed within three minutes (even though they are renamed through a URL shortener!).
So, long story short:
I am a little shocked at the shock meme campaign itself: is there not a level at which this should also bounce back to, say, a major organization for breast cancer awareness?
Also, facebook could be evil. Just sayin'.
Just when Facebook thought it might get the public pressure off its back... Pirates (and, for once, serving The Man) are beginning to harvest the information that people carelessly/ignorantly/unknowingly provide to the Internet's "public". This should be a noticeable change to the issues that general/casual/new Facebook users should be concerned with. Users need to change their mentality on what they do not want their clients, coworkers, bosses or family to see. Now, there is public evidence that demonstrates we need to be concerned with how our information can be harvested; reconfiguring/merged/etc into a bigger database; and finally how that "product" can be shared to any individual, organization or business.
Sure, the business world has wanted this for years. Oftentimes, Facebook would step aside and promote defaults that would feed advertising interests. Businesses could only pressure more. Now, Facebook has no control if they continue to offer defaults/settings that encourage the loss of people's assumed "privacy" -- the pirates will pillage your profile, and then they will work together with The Man to make a big profit selling whatever specs they can about you. This all makes for a great Orwellian account of dehumanization.
Such procedures have been around for years. (Remember our initial concerns over cookies left behind in your browser cache?) Based on much of what I am picking up in my Technology Ethics course at the moment (and thanks in most part to our textbook by Herman Tavani), there is little effort (at the governmental level, especially) to govern what our privacy entails. The continuing ethical problem in computing will remain: Is there a strong enough standard for how software/web engineers protect user privacy? And will that be enough to stop the underground from harvesting?
Generation Indecision: If I can't put it in a facebook update, I can't decide!
America's motto: "Good enough!"
Fear: One day, I will no longer use Facebook primarily as a distraction, but instead because I have to keep up the friends I don't see anymore. This one night of sitting around my apartment, packing and waiting for break is not helping my reminiscience...
Word got around my inner circle about someone (who I never expected) already missing me as I get ready to move out of the area for student teaching. Oh golly.