Facebook history this week

Facebook has long very keen on “stories” and “storytelling.” This is as much to do with marketing, advertising, and commercial selling as it is with sociable chat and chatter or with celebrating and nurturing imagination and civilisation. Nevertheless, the Facebook Grand Master Authors’ intentions notwithstanding, Facebook is a good read for us Lit. Hum. readers of stories and histories, or, as meta-meta-meta-medievalists might prefer, histoires. 

There’s also a goodly dose of the poetic, metapoetic, and mythopoetic; often also weaving themselves into narrative continuities. Memes start, wax, wane, cross-fertilise, and morph. Poetic histories happen. Myths cycle, loop, and spiral in endless return. Interrupted and deviated by creative sparks, derivative ingenuities, and other metamorphoses too.

Of the various assorted topical strands running around on Facebook of late, several have been about history and histories. And one stands out as actually being important and of continuing relevance. (more…)

on sociability

[updated 2010-06-03]

Well now.

WOOT as they say (they being, well, these guys and these ones; in the lovely Unword Dictionary but not yet in the OED).

Further to previous posts about Facebook, subjectivity, and so on: I note that I have now officially been defined as


updates to … etc.

Facebook Affairs: widening the net, and some historical context.


updates on Facebook

A continuation to my recent post on Facebook: there’s a new MZ post on the FB blog, Making Control Simple (there’s also been a fair amount of publicity and other discussion, such as “Facebook reveals ‘simplified’ privacy changes,” BBC News today). (more…)

on Facebook

A critical commentary on subjectivity and narratology.

The Obrienatrix has been on Facebook for some time; having initially Joined Up as part of a multiple-front campaign to keep in touch with fellow survivors of her doctoral cohort. FB has fulfilled and even exceeded that objective, with practical applications spilling over from (virtual) life into (real) work. Not least in some of its changes over the years, what they say about approaches to the individual, and what literary, ethical, and political implications these changes might have.

[This started out yesterday–2010-05-23–as a grumble, turned into a rant, was tidied up into a more coherent close-reading with notes dangling, and ended up today–2010-05-24–as an essay. Sorry.]