Life in Facebookistan

Friday, October 26, 2012


Writer Rebecca MacKinnon has compared Facebook to a country, she calls it Facebookistan. Facebookistan has 1 billion people, and an economy that rivals many countries'. Brooke and Bob talk to Jillian York and Clay Shirky about the contours of Facebookistan, and how it affects life in the actual world we live in.

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Clay Shirky and Jillian York

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone

Comments [12]

Bangone S

Interesting "Facebookistan". It is true that its an economy rivals many country since people around the world does use it. Plus, people even can chat with their own language beside English. It shows that economy is growing with the technology. But why facebookistan?? People are using Facebook to spread news as a new source though but can haunt you later too also.

Mar. 03 2014 04:20 AM
Christopher T. Wood from Boston MA

You 60s hipsters are so taken by the new media of a generation behind you that you have no idea how difficult it is to listen to your show on your on website.

All I wanted to do was listen to your show and made the mistake to actually click on last weeks's show (this one I'm commenting on) and I could not readily get to the content.

Go to Diane Rehm, On Point, Fresh Air...EXTREMELY EASY TO LISTEN TO WEBSITE SHOWS!!!

Forget about a 2013 donation!!!

Oct. 30 2012 07:44 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Said it before, will no doubt to say it again; didn't you read 1984? How about Minority Report?

I've always worked on the premise that information about me is available and shared. Sure, I've done things that I regret but am also very confident that what good I've done far outweighs the ill. As my only probation officer I ever had said, "You're the most socially responsible person I've ever met." Then she cut me loose.

Oct. 30 2012 02:35 PM

Seriously people? It's JUST Facebook. A smart woman would never give a guy she doesn't know and has never met personal information online. And never post something you don't want everyone to read. Otherwise...relax. Have fun. Learn. Explore. And's JUST Facebook. Not brain surgery!!!

Oct. 28 2012 05:49 PM

Sometimes I want to post my thoughts about FB right on FB, but ... is there a reason to fear backlash? They have so so so much money. Big money, from the hideous ads that appear on their painfully ugly website. The whole thing is a horror show, except for what the one guy noted: it can be used for emergency communication. For that reason it is worth having an account with them. The cure for what is evil in FB is to only post the most innocuous content and link to other online venues that people either build for themselves and their friends, or other social sites that are just not so monstrously large. That will weaken the fb.

Oct. 28 2012 11:39 AM
Jennifer from Brooklyn NY

How many times do we have to listen to the jovial recount of the woman who befriended her rapist on facebook? I do not need to hear about how her rapists led her in a dog collar and handcuffs yet again as she chuckles.. surely you can find something of more value to broadcast.

Shame on you

tuning out

Oct. 28 2012 10:57 AM

The last segment the commentator was adamant that not having a face book page was a serious detriment in today's society. I would like him to name one. Just one. I don't use face book and I do not honestly see what I need it for. I have a cell phone, email, other programs. All face book is really for is to have a venue for advertisers to sell more junk.

Oct. 27 2012 10:29 PM
sandy from Michigan

facebookistan interesting. and how ironic that I can "like" this podcast to my own facebook account. true democracy in action.

Oct. 27 2012 06:30 PM

So WNYC is ostentatiously telling listeners they should never leave home without their election coverage and OTM chooses to repeat a previous show unrelated to the most important election in our lifetime. Maybe next week they cover the Marathon. What gives?

Oct. 27 2012 09:02 AM
Nicole from NYC

I disagree that the market cannot regulate. Since FB went public, we have transform into a more commercial enterprise. FB needs to decide whether it is going to be open, similar to twitter, or a LinkedIn. btw-nobody uses LinkedIn.

Oct. 27 2012 07:32 AM
Lew Lasher from Cambridge, Massachusetts

Is it a typo, or the intended meaning, to say that Facebook "effects" life?

Oct. 27 2012 02:05 AM
Charles Birdsong from California

OTN is my favorite podcast hands down. I have heard every episode for the last 15? years. But, when I downloaded this weeks episode and saw that it was a repeat of the (most excellent) Facebookistan show, I was sooo disappointed. It feels like our country may be on the precipice of the biggest about face in recent history. In the last few weeks Romney appeared on the debates and contradicted his stance on nearly every major issue he has promoted over the last four years so that the "low information" viewers would think he is a swell guy. Who else in the world, other than Brook and Bob can we count on to dissect this media snow job? Facebook rerun? Me no like!

P.S. If there is a good reason for this programming choice, like a death in the family, or your dog ate the real show, then please ignore the previous comments and keep up the good work.

Oct. 27 2012 01:17 AM

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