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July 12, 2012

Without Facebook

Filed under: Celebrities, News, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 12:54 PM

I recently deactivated my Facebook account just to step away from ONE FORM of social media while I prepare for dental school finals. I was wasting my time on Gizmodo when I came across an article titled “Without Facebook, We’d Have No Sense of Self: Agree or Disagree?” and it immediately caught my attention. The article just makes a point or 2 about how Facebook reassures us about our very own existence. What I really liked was a comment made by Andrew Tarantola:

…I don’t think Facebooking prompts any form of meaningful self reflection. Logging the minutia of your life isn’t a self-reflective act, it’s self-adulation. It’s you thumping a virtual chest, screaming into the darkness of the Internet that “Hey, I’m here! I did this! Ain’t it cool?”

Does simply listing every single thing you do help you mature or grow in any manner? Is the cataloging of your existence accompanied by critical thought on those actions with an eye for future improvement? If not, then all you are doing is seeking approval–a cheap slap on the back from your FB friends to convince you that your place in the universe isn’t as insignificant a speck as everyone makes it out to be.

Disclaimer: This opinion is coming from a guy who also was never, ever, never on Facebook until Blam told him that he couldn’t work here unless he got one set up.”

I feel like this is talking about me. Or the other 900 million users. I’m guilty of wanting to convince myself that I’m more than just an insignificant blip on the timeline of the universe. Maybe I just have self esteem issues. Do we have to assume that in 20 years it is the norm to have a Facebook – to have it represent and confirm your very existence the way old photo albums or stories from your aunt about how you broke your wrist as a kid while riding your bike did 15 years ago?

Where are we going with this and is it really making our lives BETTER? I don’t think EASE or CONVENIENCE was ever the issue. If anything, we’re becoming Japan: A socially inept nation who puts priority to interacting with any form of a digital display over making intimate human connections.

[Source: Gizmodo]


May 24, 2010

I’m Broke

Filed under: Movies, News — Tags: , , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 1:32 AM

Gizmodo reports that some movie theaters in New York City are charging $20 dollars a movie ticket for the IMAX screens. That’s retarded considering I paid $13.50 to watch Avatar in IMAX and it nearly made me want to rob a bank afterward. I think that’s a terrible idea because this gives people less incentive to go to the theater. They can just download it illegally or stream it online. Maybe that’s why they jacked up the price. That or they’re just assholes. And if I learned anything in my life, most people are just assholes.

[Source Gizmodo]

September 23, 2009

“Japanese Erotic Game Uses Webcam for Boner Detection”

Filed under: Comedy, News — Tags: , , , — DBNewsWorld @ 11:58 AM

I saw this story on Gizmodo and it made me poop myself.

How’s this for a bad idea: Japanese erotic game Love Death 4 is using face tracking and shape detection to add a nice dose of horror to the game’s already-questionable content.There are scant details for how it’ll work, and hey, maybe there are other shapes that an erotic game would want to detect other than the shape of a baby’s arm holding a crabapple. But I can’t think of any.

But hey, maybe this is a good thing! It’s innovation! It seems weird now, but when Natal comes out we’ll probably be using our boners to reload machine guns in Gears of War 3.”

Man, what can’t the Japanese do?

[Source Gizmodo]

September 16, 2009

Want to Intern for Gizmodo?

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , — DBNewsWorld @ 8:39 PM

This gig sounds freaking awesome! Check out Gizmodo for further details.

What You Need
• Gadget love and knowledge—some geekiness is definitely a good thing
• Writing experience is a major plus, but not 100 percent mandatory—but you should have a good command of the English language, and be ready to demonstrate it with some samples
• A decent laptop (one that can handle light video editing)
• An alarm clock, ’cause you’ll be up eeeeeearly every morning
• Basic experience with HTML, Flickr, torrenting, Firefox, FTP-the internets, essentially
• An NYCish address (you need to be able to get to Manhattan in the morning with no problems)
• Dedication—the job’s fun, but it’s definitely work
• The ability to listen and follow instructions and be fast—basically, you’re here to learn and build up your knowledge-base
• Full-time availability—sorry students
• To be over 18

What You’ll Be Doing
• Spotting stories
• Helping us pull together stories with research
• Supporting editors in the field
• Writing, eventually, if you’re awesome

I would do it if I lived in New York City!

[Source Gizmodo]

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