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September 27, 2011

Disco party! by PTGreg (CC-NC-SA)

The basic business model behind Facebook and other social networking sites (Myspace, Twitter, Second Life) is the same. Create a privately-owned social space on the Internet and invite the whole world to come and party. As well as providing the venue, the company issues the rules of engagement and supplies everything the guests need to socialize and have a great time. By displaying themselves, their friends, and their antics for all to see, the party animals attract attention from other guests and from people outside, who become increasingly aware that they are missing out on the biggest event in town. Soon, the buzz attracts everyone. After all, entry is free and drinks are on the house! Once inside, guests are dazzled by a dizzying display of bright colour, upbeat music, easy conversation, and fast friends. Laser lights bounce off the the walls, ceilings, floors, and doors, which are all covered in two-way mirrors. There are no clocks, no windows, and the party never ends.

This could be Heaven or this could be Hell.

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