Kara Swisher

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London's Bipolar Relationship With Social Networks

Here are photographs from two newspapers–one headline from the Daily Telegraph about how employers are trying to ban the use of increasingly popular social-networking sites, specifically Facebook, because it is getting in the way of work, while another in the free thelondonpaper is a contest for readers to talk about what’s uncool about the site.

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In any case, social-networking sites (including MySpace and Bebo, as well as Facebook) have boomed here lately, for example, with London becoming Facebook’s largest geographic network with more than 800,000 users.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work