Thursday, September 25, 2008

Socialising

I'm no social butterfly and having looked around the 3 social networking sites I'm not really that tempted to join at this stage. I can see the fun aspect of this kind of networking and how popular these sites are, more especially with the 18-35s. I know of people who have become reacquainted in this way (school friends, cousins)and my hairdresser showed me her Facebook page on her cell phone. In spite of the privacy controls I still believe it would be "inviting" to reveal too much personal and private information. However in my searching I found Helen Clark has a presence on both Facebook and My Space - In an invitation to "Vote Labour 2008" she made the following comment: "'Don'Key and his National Party are a bunch of lousy idiots." Did she mean 'John' Key, or was that a "brash" statement?
In Bebo I watched a Maori concert at Te Papa, under Music I listened to Diana Krall, but some videos were no longer available. I was intrigued by the map covered with photos you could click on and add yourself to, then I read they were no longer accepting new images. Even Father Christmas had been there! My search for library applications took me to Renfrewshire Library, and the City of Boroondara Library Service (East of Melbourne)and a welcome from Victoria University to study there. I liked what Auckland City Libraries had written and preferred it to Rotorua which I found too busy but the concept is great. On bebo.com/goodreads I found Paul Coelho's The Alchemist online for free. If libraries are to become a clearing house of digitally delivered information people will still want their quiet spaces and the human contact.

2 comments:

aart hilal said...

Hello!

I'm a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He's the first best-selling author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:
www.paulocoelhoblog.com


Have a nice day!

Aart

Biblio Chick said...

Now, if she had said that she hoped that the best people who have the best interests of all New Zealanders at heart win, I might have been impressed, but to resort to a childish comment like that reflects the calibre which isn't that of a profound thinker or even of a halfway polite human being. Every word that comes out of one's mouth or is recorded in any way, reflects who they are, which is why most politicians should actually keep their mouths shut if they have nothing profound, intelligent or important to say - in this case that would most definitely have been the wise thing to do. I am deeply disappointed that a so-called intelligent woman can behave so badly in such a 'key' position. One can only hope that either an a 'lady' or a 'gentleman' replaces her. It is time to raise the politcal bar from low class brawling and name calling, to intelligent and thoughtful debate about what is really important for everyone in the country.