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My cause. - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
My cause.
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups." I have no idea who originally coined this phrase but I'm sure the first time I saw it was in a Calvin and Hobbes strip.

I am reminded of this every time someone invites me to a "cause" on Facebook. Facebook informs me that by joining I can somehow do something about the cause in question. It's a shame but it appears that any moron can make a cause and get the masses to join in their droves. This does nothing for the cause itself - it only inflates the ego of the person who set it up in the first place.

It's just like the online petitions, the chain emails, and those people who stand in the middle of shopping centres and shout at the passing shoppers. They are all futile.

If you read this and you really believe in something then get off your arse and do something about it.
-You have a preferred charity? Donate. Not (just) cash but time. Volunteer.
-You feel strongly about an injustice? Write to your MP. (or senator or however it works in your country.)
-You feel there's something out there that people need to know about? Write about it! Make it personal so people you know care.

But know this... if you send me an invite to a cause on facebook, not only will I ignore it, I'll think slightly less of you.

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scaree From: scaree Date: August 24th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recently upset someone by refusing to click his links in tweets because I was fed up with every other one requiring me to log into facebook.

I don't have a facebook account and don't want or need one.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 24th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe that any link that requires you to sign up for something should have a warning saying so (I know that's difficult in a tweet).

I sometimes wonder if upsetting people like that is perhaps a good thing really... it's like the saying: If you lend a friend ten pounds and you never see them again, that's ten pounds well spent. :)
From: wainy Date: August 30th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed, 300% .

OK, so 300% is a slight exaggeration but I loathe 99.9% of Facebook's applications.

Mindblowingly tedious at best, mindless drivel at worst, written by someone who has more opinion than knowledge and touted by the unwashed masses as amusing.

Bah, I'm a happy soul, aren't I? :p
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