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Facebook status updates and changing the world

Change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same, for the NSPCC. Until Monday (Dec 6th), there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is a campaign to …stop violence against children.

My thoughts are : How does this help children? Donating or volunteering to the NSPCC (a UK children’s charity) might help, but a profile picture of a cartoon? I guess it may raise awareness, but on its own nothing really changes. Don’t you think people need to do something, not just think a status update changes things? That’s my concern, that people will think they are changing the world through a status update. That’s my concern with Facebook in general.  It has many good points, for example, in helping people who are far way from each other stay in contact. I wonder, though, if it deludes some people into thinking they are doing something, when all they are doing is typing words into status update?

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2 responses to “Facebook status updates and changing the world

  1. Toby 5 December, 2010 at 22:56

    Interesting. I don’t think that Facebook statuses and the like really make a difference in themselves, but they can often highlight the cause/charity to people that were either unaware of it or them, or possibly just raise awareness. Either way you have the potential to make people think, to increase support and maybe to raise additional funds. It can’t hurt anyway.

  2. Fedil 1 January, 2011 at 18:20

    I agree completely with you. I think that too many people have gotten to delusional when it comes to facebook. I think people have lost sight of true social aspects like physically doing something for a cause, what the word friends means, and actually interacting with people in real life. It is amazing how anti-social a social networking site really makes people. That’s just my thoughts on it.

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