Where the second thing is concerned, I'm amazed that so many seem to be shocked and outraged by this development. Honestly, are you THAT surprised? Look at what Facebook has made their forefront mission (taken directly from their own Facebook page): "… to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected". Given that they've stated in interviews a desire to hire people and find ways to "catalyze emotions, rather than simply enable users to accomplish tasks" and to get at "the science of things you can’t reason about, that you just feel” (http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669445/how-facebook-finds-the-best-design-talent-and-keeps-them-happy), this acquisition should hardly be shocking at all. I cannot believe the true issue is one large company/corporation buying a former start-up app and/or the questions about how their content will be used, especially in the face of people making statements in NY Times articles like: "I for one would feel more comfortable with Facebook looking through my phonebook, wallet and underwear drawer if I knew I was going to get paid for it" (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/disruptions-facebook-users-ask-wheres-our-cut/).
I think the core issue being exposed here is the overrighteous attitudes and sense-of-self that iOS users (iPhone/iPad) have adopted. In an age when so many of these people have taken to Twitter to spread the word about Occupy movements all over the country and "demonize" the ways in which there are attempts to inhibit freedom of speech and access to information on the internet: they're a "99%" all their own with a preference for their "gated community" away from what they view to be the inferior "1%" (Android users and until last week, those who were not left out of all the "hipster" fun to be found in Instagram), trying to hold on to an unjustified, baseless ideal and sense of possession of a service (or services) where the intentions for use were never something they were given control of to begin with. There's an underlying issue of "who has the power and control" there, in which the aforementioned attitudes and stances hardly "make the world more open and connected".
As someone who works in the web field (with all that entails) and engages frequently (and what I hope to be sensibly) in many of the ways in which we connect online: that, to me, is a real knee slapper.
- Mission DataSenior Interactive Designer, 2006 - 2013
I work to make the internet a much-improved and rad place to be. I've got a specific amount of print design experience, with things ranging from posters to package and identity design. I started out working in print exclusively before this thing called “the internet” really started taking off (who knew?) and I began picking it up while still running around the design and art programs in college. I made it my goal to be as well rounded in all areas of design as possible.
Beyond that, I'm a local area artist, although life has seen fit to keep me away from being very involved in it the last few years. I enjoy drawing, print-making, screen-printing, photography, a bit of painting, and especially enjoy working in installation art. I’m a pop-culture junkie, a “junk” junkie (I love working with found materials and repurposing what’s often considered “junk”), and I thrive on working a certain level of humor/irony, grit/grime, and a bit of gut-wrenching reality into what I do. I'm a huge horror film fan. Especially the bad ones. I've been to more shows than I'll ever be able to remember (though my hearing surely bears the scars), starting back to when I was 15 and watching shows in peoples' basements. There's more, but I'll leave the rest of the autobiography for someone to make a “made for TV movie” around starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. My luck states that it will probably be Ben Affleck, though. At least he was the bomb in Phantoms, yo.
- Indiana University SoutheastB.A. Fine Art, 1999 - 2004
- Indiana University SoutheastBFA Graphic Design, 2004 - 2006