Monthly Archives: April 2010

Facebook takes over the Internet

If you’re reading this, you’re probably on Facebook. Almost everyone is these days. As such, you’ve surely noticed the FB now allows you to connect to almost everything on the Web. From news stories, to University sites, you can now “like” or comment on almost anything.

As Facebook looks for ways expand its value online and increase its overall exposure, you’ve probably already come across something like this  (from an article on CNN.com):

On the one hand, this is a very interesting strategy, as it further unites the online world. By being able to share and comment on virtually anything with ease, it really creates a strong sense of community.

On the other hand, it further destroys the myth of online anonymity and privacy. Obviously you don’t have to comment on something if you don’t want to, but by utilizing your Facebook profile in this manner, you’re no longer hiding behind an avatar or screen name. It’s really you, out there for the world to agree or disagree with.

Personally, I’m undecided how I feel about this development. I do enjoy the compatibility it provides as we move ever closer to total Web integration. Additionally, I like that people can’t hide behind their screen names to make hateful and/or incendiary comments for their own sick amusement.  But I also worry about over-saturation. For example, do I really need to know how one of my acquaintances feels about the European Union’s stance on immigration or the Raiders’ draft class? Probably not. If this new Facebook integration crosses into that territory, it may become more of an annoyance than a useful tool, but I suppose that still remains to be seen.

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Your Best Director Oscar Awaits…

I know it has been a while since I posted anything new, and I thought now would be a good time to revive this blog. After all, if I’m going to keep all six of you reading this, then I have to have something new every few weeks at least. Thus I present you with my latest discovery, xtranormal.com.

I found this site when a friend emailed me this video, which unfortunately, will not embed in WordPress. A humorous video of a discussion between rival fans of Kansas and Kansas State, I found it thoroughly entertaining, as did most of my Jayhawk brethren.

But the real beauty of this video is not in it’s content, though it is quite funny, but rather in its form. By utilizing the software available on Xtranormal, anyone, regardless of technical ineptness, can create their own movie, complete with dialogue. The possibilities this opens up to a creative person are limitless.

Take me, for example.  For months I planned on creating a stop-motion video for my professional Web site (bfrederick.weebly.com – yes, that’s a shameless plug).  Unfortunately, because I have a PC, rather than a Mac, it created endless frustration, primarily because Windows Movie Maker will insert a small break between slides which also interrupts the musical track. Thus the soundtrack sounds like a badly scratched CD, which is completely unacceptable.

But now, by using the simple drag-and-drop interface that Xtranormal has provided, I can be the next Tarantino (or at least his cartoon equivalent). Ain’t technology grand?