Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Good & Bad about Facebook

This year, the Indonesian news media have reported good and bad news about the social networking media Facebook.

Let's start with the First Good News, about Islamic Schools in Bogor, West Java, supporting the use of Facebook to facilitate communications within their school communities. For details, please click here.

The Second Good News, about Facebook users participating in collecting donation amounting to Rp 1 Billion (US$ 106,000.00) needed for the Liver Transplant of a 17-month-old girl,  Bilqis Anindya Passa. Her cause rallied 98,000 Facebook users to join the Bilqis Love Coins group, dedicated to fund-raising via the collection of coins. For detailed report, please click here.

Now we move on to the Bad News, first about Marietta Nova Triani, a 14 years old girl from Surabaya, East Java, who was abducted from 6 to 8 February by Febriari, an 18 years old boy living in Tangerang, Banten, whom she met through Facebook. For details, please click here.

Then the Second Bad News, about the Police in East Java arrested two men for recruiting at least 20 girls, some aged as young as 15, through Facebook, and then posting pictures and profiles of them on their Facebook accounts to arrange “hook-ups” with older men. For details, please click here.
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And then the Last Bad News, about the General Election Commission in Lamongan, East Java, that plan to sue a Facebook user who has written on his FB page a very insulting comment on the Commission. For details, please click here.

In spite of the bad news, I believe that Facebook provide many good things for us. Beside the above two good news, this was also proven last year when FB users forced the Police to free two Deputy Chairmen of the Corruption Erradication Commission (KPK), Bibit and Chandra, from groundless detention; and there was collection of money to help Prita Mulyasari, mother of two toddlers, pay compensation ordered by the Banten High Court, merely for sending e-mails to her friends complaining about the below standard service of the Plaintiff : Omni International Hospital.

14 comments:

umihoney said...

I agree with you,theres always 2 sides to the same coin.Thank you for sharing,great article,

notegolddiamond said...

that's why we all call it face book, a face of both good and bad of us that can be seen trough an online book...great post my pal !

H. Nizam said...

Umihoney,

I am very glad that we shared the same opinion on this case.
Thank you very much for your continuous support my friend.

H. Nizam said...

Notegolddianmond,

Thank you for your visit & comment.
I like the way you say it.

colson said...

Facebook is ( just) another medium. The people using it are both (or either) good and bad.

Even medicines can be used to cure or to poison.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,

Yeah, FB is just a medium that depends on who's using it. And people would judge according to their subjective opinions.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

colson said...

@ Harry: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I agree.

But I hope we all ( all male human beings) would vote for Gong Li as the most beautiful woman ever. That is the Gong Li of the films of Zhang Yimou.

Edwin's Personal Blog said...

Facebook is such a phenomenon. A great leap in virtual society. It goes without saying that good and bad things just do follow. Well this is a reality of the world that spins...

H. Nizam said...

Colson,

We have the same taste, Gong Li is beautiful indeed in that movie and others too.

H. Nizam said...

Edwin,

You are right, there will always good and bad in everything including FB.

eric.jones said...

Very interesting post. I liked it a lot. I have seen several different FB benefits geared at helping others and that's a great thing. Hopefully the Good will, more often than not, out weigh the bad. Thanks for sharing.

H. Nizam said...

Eric Jones,

Thank you for dropping.
Yes, let's hope that the good things would out weight the bad ones.

Yari NK said...

Yeah, technology is like a sword who has two edges. One edge is the good side whilst the other edge is the bad side. It is us ourselves who have to be on the alert so we will always benefit from the technology.

The problem with the current negative Facebook issues is that the teens and the parents alike fail to see the potential downside or the negative impact of the technology on the teen users. The alert and well-informed parents would be drumming the potential negative impacts into their children's heads. The alert parents would also regularly monitor regularly on what their children do online. Of course it is a bit troubling for the parents as well as nosy. But it's always been better to be nosy than to be sorry later on...

H. Nizam said...

Yari,

I like the phrase you used:
"Technology is a Double Edged Sword"
We are the one who should be able to control on technology so that we can get the benefits we want to get.

I agree that parents play significant role on how far FB would influence kids especially teens.
In this case parents should maintain close relationship with their kids so that they can always tell the difference between the good from the bad.
It's not easy, but can be done with a whole lots of love.