Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Facebook Dictatorship started with the Graph Search

There's no difference between the "virtual" world of Facebook and the physical world our bodies live in. Why? Well simply because today 90% of our social lives take place on the Internet and more than 1 billion people are connected to Facebook so the way this social life is regulated by those who control the virtual space defines the political system we live in. 

Dictatorship is a form of government where the citizens have no rights and there's no freedom.  

Many political regimes of the past they started as Democracy then they became dictatorship. That's what happened to Roma and to Athens for example.

The Soviet regime was based on Marxism and Leninism two political theories that wanted people to believe they would have shared power and responsibilities because the term comes from the Latin word comm┼źnis, that means shared, public, that is owned by everyone but also neutral, unbiased, balanced.

In theory Communism was based on the principle of equality but in the practice of everyday reality this system turned to be a nightmarish dictatorship. Why? because there is no "good powers" when primitive human beings are involved, where primitive means selfish obviously.

Indeed it has been demonstrated by the German based Max Planck institute that in the wild, chimpanzee do not evolve because they are driven by a selfish instinct. In fact evolution is a concept associated with "cooperation" something we should expect from humans. 

The problem with all the dictatorship regime can be found in one single word: "underestimation". At the beginning of every new form of government people tend to be optimistic and see future with hope because that's what the "novelty effect" has on every human being. At the beginning of Fascism, Italian people saw Mussolini as an innovator, someone who cared about social initiatives and his industrial policy could be defined as "visionary".  

This is exactly what's happening with our Computers and the Internet where than four major players are ruling over our lives. We are talking about Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple. 

These four entities are in practice ruling our personal and social existence because there's no choice we make today without having to deal with at least one of these four companies. 

The problem is that each of these companies have started to take over our lives in a very invasive fashion. 

Let's start with Facebook, a couple of months ago, Facebook introduced the Graph Search, a new search box that can be installed on your facebook top bar. 

Being a Facebook suggested technical improvement I decided to install it and I couldn't had imagined what kind of nightmare I was going through. 

For those who ignore what I am talking about, I can tell you that the Facebook Search Graph can be summarized in two words: SUGGESTED CHOICES. 

This is a screenshot of the new Facebook Search Graph

If you take a look at it, you can see that your possible search options are LIMITED by what Facebook wants you to look into. Once you get into the search box this fucking drop down menu pops up. 

Just to make an example none of these choices include the FACEBOOK PAGES that just by chance is the ONLY thing I look for when I use the Facebook search bar. However even if you look for social pages you just have to digit the name of the page you are looking for and the drop down menu shows some results, it doesn't show you ALL the results possible of the existing pages with the name you are looking for. 
What this all means? Well this means that the Facebook Team doesn't care if you only care for Social Pages, they don't want you to be FREE to have as many options as possible they want you to have the options THEY think you must have. 

Let's examine the options of the drop down menu: 1) My Friends. Personally I NEVER search for friends, in case I am looking for someone I look for someone I don't know so the first option for me is just something that shouldn't be there. 

2) Photos of my friends. Photos of my friends? I don't fucking care about the photos of my friends, I personally unsubscribed from all of my friends news because I am not staying on Facebook to see Jane Doe's dog pictures, nor of John Doe's football dinner. I don't care! I stay on Facebook to read the news, to write crucial comments to the bullshits that News Media write every single day and to post relevant news on my Social Page. That's what I do on Facebook.

3) Restaurant Nearby. Why in the world a mentally healthy person would search for a restaurant on Facebook? I am from Italy and I personally have a cooking page, I love restaurants and certainly I would never rely on Facebook to know where's the nearest Restaurant. I would use Google for that function and however that's a function for Mobile users who don't have any idea about where they are because are probably drunk. And that's not my case. So the third option is absolutely useless for me. 

4) Games my friends play. Do I seriously have to talk about this? Games my friends play? I don't have friends and I don't play games On-line, I play Basketball for real in the park nearby my home. 

5) Music my friends like. Did I just wrote that? Music my friends like? I don't care about my friends music they're tasteless motherfuckers, why I should look for something so weird and stupid like that? Do you think that's something worth for suggestion in the first 5 option of the first Social Network of the World? This thing goes worse and worse 

6) Photos I have liked. Photos I have liked? I would really like to know what's the mental process these people followed to write such a list of total nonsense. Do you think I go On-line to see pictures I have liked? That's something that belongs to the PAST. The past does not exist, it's something that make people nostalgic and consequently DEPRESSED.Why in the world I should look for something so weird? 

7) Groups my friends are in. This clearly shows what a follower personality the author of this drop-down menu should be. My friends do not exist! I am free, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly stated that every human being on this planet is FREE and is granted Universal Freedom. Why in the world I should follow someone else social life. This is the whole principle that is completely wrong, because this drop-down menu gives you the idea of the concept these sick people have of the NEW world. They think I should do what my friends do. Like if I am a sheep and I do not know where to go or what to do or what my social attitudes are. Do you think that's the social model of the new millennium? To make people slaves of what their friends do? Are you totally retarded? I have no words to express my indignation about the social model these people are providing with such an important drop-down menu. Through this drop-down menu Facebook shows the world what their VALUES are. From a software that changed the way people interact each other I would expect something on a higher level sweetie pie!

However also under a technical point of view the original search box provides the user with a huger amount of results when you search for social pages respect to the damn Graph Search. So if the great original Search Box is way better than the new but lame Graph Search why you have to change for worse?

At present the Graph Search is optional but once you installed it there's no chance you can remove it. Even if if you go to your Account Settings and switch your language from English (US) to English (UK) you can restore the original search bar, although that's a provisional choice because willing or not the Graph Search is here to stay indeed:

The Facebook team communicated through its representatives that: 

"While there may be temporary workarounds to remove yourself from Graph Search, eventually everyone on Facebook will have Graph Search."

"Everyone on Facebook will have Graph Search!"

This is an order: Everyone will have Graph Search. Why? Because we the Facebook Team, a bunch of nerdy retarded with absolutely no experience of consciousness travelling we decided so. 

None of the 1 billion Facebook users has been invited to express his/her opinion if this Graph Search was something we would like to have it or not on our Facebook page.

Do you think it would be impossible for The Facebook Team to call people to vote for or against the installing of a Graph Search?  

At least they could give every user the chance to choose what categories of search would pop up on the drop-down menu of the Graph Search. 


Facebook wants you to look for Games my friends play. 

Not only is a dictatorship, is the dictatorship of stupidity. When I wrote the movie Idiocracy is what we have to expect from our future world, I wasn't joking. This is one of the many examples that confirm you that's the direction our world has taken. 

In any case what really is my major cause of worry is the fact these giant companies are trying to address our everyday choices and even if they would never manage to drive us where they want us to go to, they make us waste a lot of our precious time. 

Two weeks ago I bought an Acer Netbook with Windows 8 in it. Since I started using the computer there was no choice I have made while using it that wasn't driven by the Microsoft Corporation.

The problem is the computer is set in a way which does not allow the user to have access to certain functions of it if you don't have a account.

-You can't set up the Operative System and you can't even log into the computer if you don't have a account.

- You can't set up the Mail software if you don't use a account

- You can't use the Skydrive software if you don't have a account

When you open a video file of your choice, a menu of film choices pop up and I don't have the slightest idea where these movie titles come from. In addition it's in practice impossible to get out from that page. 

These people want us to make their choices- THEY WANT US TO DO WHAT THEY WANT, they want  us to do what they decided for us. That's the reality at this time and it's not something we can dismiss just like this as a minor detail. This is something that will affect our lives because they keep SUGGESTING us what to do without leaving us the possibility to choose what we want to do.

There would be thousands of things to say about how Fecebook as well as other New Technological companies takes their decisions in a narcissistic way without taking into consideration the user because for them the user just does not exist.

The Facebook Team has received a number of messages from Facebook Users who don't want the new Graph Search. A real Forum started from the question a user posted on the Facebook Help Forum: "How do I remove Graph Search?" I warmly invite you to read all the comments people wrote about here on the Facebook forum:

Please take notice that the Facebook Forum is so democratic that users are not allowed to post external links into their comments. This is the Facebook Democracy!

Some of the comments posted in the forum are really meaningful: Vladimir Byazrov writes: "This graph search works like sht, slows down fb and makes my browsers hardly usable. please, Mark, stop creating sht. We love simple things"


That's the keyword that none of these giant companies still understood. While using technology that is already something unnatural for human beings, you the software developer you have to understand you are building something that Human Beings are going to use and if you still haven't got it, human beings love SIMPLE THINGS. WE LOVE SIMPLE. On the contrary these developers who are less and less human because the job they chose and their forma mentis, they keep proposing models which are absolutely artificial, unnatural and against the human being.

What we need is a Software Renaissance where the human being is brought back at the center of the world, like in the Italian Renaissance, when the architecture focused back on the human scale and cities, town, villages, streets and squares started to be built with the human form in mind.

Software is architecture so it shouldn't be difficult for these nerds to grab this simple concept: Simple things shaped upon the human being necessities. Nothing exotic, just very simple things based on the principle of simplicity, user-friendly and most of all on Freedom, the mother of all human needs.

Despite the incredible number of requests on the Facebook forum to remove the Graph Search, the Facebook Team replied that Everyone will have the Graph Search.

The Facebook statement was signed by someone who signed him/herself just like Pat. 

So I decided to reply to Pat with this message:

Dear PAT you already said that! Your answer look like a paranormal residual activity, it's like a recording tape, it will play the events over and over again. 
Do you realize your Customer Service really sucks? Why your assistance level is so low with all the money that Facebook has? Can you please explain? Do you realize that the Graph search is something people hate? Do you know WHY we, the people we hate the Graph Search?
I ll tell you why and please take notice for your marketing Department and mostly for your R&D Department: We hate it because we the people we hate being addressed on how to organize our stuff while using the Internet
Do you realize you are doing the same mistakes that both Microsoft and Google are doing with their "suggestions"?
You are just doing the same mistakes they did by trying to address people in their choices and that's a thing
that many dictators and political regimes have been trying in the past and at the end of the day they all have
been removed by the people itself.
Because it does not matter if this is the virtual world, there's no difference for us, we want to be free!

People has the right to be free, our choices cannot be addressed in any way or form because we live in a free world and we were all born free.
If you try to limit our Freedom you are acting like a non-democratic dictator.
Do you understand that? Every man was born free, please take notice while you nerds program a software that is going to be used by real free human beings.

Please take notice that you cannot address our choices, nor you can try to limit our freedom because we the people are going to go against you and your organization because Freedom is a Universal value and no dictator has ever won his battle against the will of people to be free.

E Pluribus Unum

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