Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)

Unfriended

Posted on | May 12, 2011 | No Comments

This has been a hard week for friendships everywhere. Let’s begin with Facebook, who will have one less person in its friends list. We learned indeed that the networking site had contracted a PR firm to lead a smear campaign against nothing less than Google. Obviously, somebody at Facebook forgot that Google’s mission was to archive and make available (and profit on) every bit of information produced by human activity…

But why stop here? Many Libyans (and probably a lot more folks on the planet) are wondering whether to remove a certain Gaddafi from their friends list. Normally ubiquitous, the tyrant is a bit more discreet since April 30, and a short movie clip demonstrating that he is still alive does not seem to convince everyone.

While we’re gossiping, we might as well mention Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s divorce. After 25 years of marriage and numerous sexual conduct scandals on the Gubernator’s slate, it seems the end of his Californian political life also signalled the loss of a contact on his friends list.  

And finally, now that Microsoft has bought Skype, the fear of a radical rehaul of the free online communication network could end many virtual friendships. Still, with a price tag of 8.5 billion, many Skype stockholders probably have a new best friend!

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