January 17, 2011

"You and I have each befriended each other on Facebook. And you will note that I am not using 'friend' as a verb."

Defining geezerhood, it's George Johnson:



Speaking of Facebook, "'The Social Network' Dominates Golden Globes." So the big movie of the year, the one that they were celebrating last night on television, as about something on the internet. Sorry. I didn't go out to the movie, and I didn't watch the TV awards show, because I was spending time on the internet — and I kind of think that was true of an awful lot of people.

16 comments:

shoutingthomas said...

Geezerhood is good!

Don't knock it.

The Facebook thing, however, is pretty lame. I dumped a couple of "friends" over the Arizona hysteria. One of them, I'd been sick of for a long time. All political gloom and doom.

Frankly, I don't get the Facebook fad. It's just about as annoying as texting.

I don't want to know that you got out of bed, brushed your teeth, but you'd just as soon go back to bed as go to work.

My kids seem to like it. They like texting, too. I've received text messages, but never sent one.

rhhardin said...

Somebody needs to chaperon proper usage.

Scott M said...

That survey they take showing the 18-39 age group (which I just exited recently) should be more true the more time goes by.

The findings were something on the order of 75% of those asked would rather give up cable tv rather than internet. And why not? High-speed internet can do just about everything cable can offer you plus a whole helluva lot more.

Plus...there's no way to show off your ep33n with cable.

Scott M said...

Frankly, I don't get the Facebook fad. It's just about as annoying as texting.

It is singularly excellent, though, for seeing just how fat that girl from high school...you know, the one that would never give you the time of day...has become.

Pogo said...

I went to The King's Speech instead.

Very well done, sometimes very funny, but often slow, like a PBS miniseries.

Texting and Friending and all the rest have hints of both addictive behavior and faddishness; high school squared.

Clyde said...

Kind of tangential to the Golden Globes last night is this story from the Florida Keys:

Naked tourist disrupts traffic, is tased three times

"A nude tourist running into traffic and yelling he is “king of the world” was tased on Big Coppitt Key and jailed early Sunday morning.

"Richard Gervasi, 43, of Phoenixville, Pa., reportedly also said he is “made of steel” while he was taken into custody. He reportedly had been drinking and took LSD. He was charged with disturbing the peace and resisting arrest."

Not to be confused with Ricky Gervais, although there would be some argument about which of the two behaved more obnoxiously.

shoutingthomas said...

And, the funny thing about Facebook is that it's really annoying when people use it in place of a blog.

One of the "friends" I dumped (the gloom and doom guy) wants to be a guru. He's obsessed with the 60s. For those of you who aren't familiar with this guru biz, it goes like this.

The guru is sort of a preacher without a church. He has the answer to all things. He speaks in somber tones about peace and love and such. If he succeeds, he gathers about him an army of beautiful women who want to give him a blow job.

It's sort of like Jesus Christ meets John Lennon meets Charlie Manson.

When the guru guy started BS'ing on the Arizona shootings... about it reflected on the overall state of society and our innate sinfulness... I had to cut him off.

It was bad enough that he was sending out a daily YouTube link to a 60s hippie song.

mesquito said...

Never before has there been so many A-List actors and actresses whose faces I do not recognize. And I'm only 44.

shoutingthomas said...

So, for Christ's sake, Althouse.

Friend me!

LarsPorsena said...

I'm glad these guys are friends. Next they can have play dates and sleep overs.

Pogo said...

I defriended myself.


That opened up a wormhole where I went back in time and punched myself in the nose.

Now I'm in an endless loop, getting punched in the nose at ever-earlier moments.
Soon I will be punching myself in utero.

Where will it end??!

shoutingthomas said...

Somebody just gave me a virtual fortune cookie on Facebook.

What in the fuck is that supposed to mean?

Fen said...

Probably a gateway item to another Facebook game that will harvest all your personal info for identity theives.

edutcher said...

I suppose the ultimate form of shunning is to have no friends on Facebook.

Ann is right, probably. The Internet is the new toy and everyone's hooked. Sort of like people taking about 20 years to get over TV.

shoutingthomas said...

Geezerhood is good!

Don't knock it.

The Facebook thing, however, is pretty lame. I dumped a couple of "friends" over the Arizona hysteria. One of them, I'd been sick of for a long time. All political gloom and doom.

Frankly, I don't get the Facebook fad. It's just about as annoying as texting.


Agree on geezerhood, which probably revokes my Boomer card (never kept it up after '65 anyway).

From what I've seen, Facebook has supposedly peaked, so you may be ahead of the curve.

deborah said...

I don't know st. What exactly did it say?

I heart George Johnson.

Penny said...

Science Saturday with George and John!

I watched these guys a few time and now I hate to miss them. Maybe they're a little bit like Mr. Wizard was for me when I was a kid.

This one isn't very sciencey, but listening to George talk about inadvertantly setting up multiple George Johnson Facebook accounts, some with "no friends at all" was just priceless.