Join Date: May 2005
Location: Las VLXas (Vegas, baby!) NV U.S.A.
Who uses their real name on facebook?!?
Like I said, it's not difficult to get banned (group or wholesale), especially if you like to post factual information. There's a certain agenda behind facebook and factual information is the furthest thing from it. For all the talk of knowledge, science, gestalt, singularity, etc --- the single biggest gift of the internet has been the greatest infestation of stupid that the human race has ever seen.
Why is that? Two reasons:
1> It trends against attention span, which trends against analysis, which trends against research.
That is, everything can be had in a hyper-distilled two-line soundbite, so over-simplified as to be actively misinforming, yet swallowed up wholesale. Twitter is the latest confirmation: not only can you find sound bites that have no real basis in fact, but now you can speak in them yourself.
2> Confirmation bias. With everyone having the same access to a soapbox, every moron out there is screaming his head off, waiting for a reply. Not many people are willing to admit that they're wrong, even when they're being beat with it.
So rather than admit they're wrong, they'll stick their fingers in their ears (or eyes, mouth, nose, or whatever other orifice keeps out the science) and keep hunting for some other lunatic that agrees with them. And once they've found that person, they will take his/her very existence as proof of their own correctness. "Someone agrees with me, therefore I'm right." or "I have forty likes to your one, I'm right and you're WRONG!" No research required.
While this has always been a problem with humanity, never has it been the problem that the internet social media has made it.
"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.