Facebook Elitism

There are 2,838 members of the Facebook group “Against Opening Facebook to Everyone (Official Petition to Facebook).” So far.

It’s our contry’s value of elitism. I admit it. I have that feeling too. To be better than anyone else. “I’m on Facebook, and you’re stuck on MySpace.” Na-na-na-na.

It’s part of human nature, to be an elitist. Elitism is defined on Answers.com as

  1. The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.
  2. a) the sense of entitlement enjoyed by such a group or class.
    b) control, rule, or domination by such a group or class.

Yes, we college students are elitists when it comes to Facebook. This was created for us, originally. And we don’t want people coming into our home and ruining it. Especially high school students, right? With their bad mouths and un-intellectual conversations.

The group, Against Opening Facebook to Everyone (Official Petition to Facebook), argues that they are

…against Facebook’s latest and greatest sellout, a capitalistic venture that sacrifices the character and integrity of the website that has become a part of school.

The sad truth is, we college students want to feel special. Facebook was for us. We want to feel superior, in our own class, to those non-college-goers.

I’m in no way arguing for or against allowing people other than college students joining Facebook, but I have to admit that the people in charge seem to be simply thinking money, “a capitalistic venture” one might say. Instead, they should be asking, “Is this right for Facebook?”

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