I just followed a fb.me link to a Guardian story about the Occupy protests going on around the world. Heading over to 15october.net, I zoomed in to find a protest happening in Bristol – which is being organised on Facebook.
It’s disgusting how prevalent Facebook has become. Even among the geeky crowd at Dorkbot last night, many people were using Facebook pages in lieu of having their own website. Dorkbot itself, despite having their own site, uses Facebook to organise events and host videos. At least that’s what I hear – I am effectively denied access to this material.
Perhaps I should just come to terms with the fact that one company is going to own so much of the web, but I wish everybody else would instead.
It was also very cool to hear more about the new Hackspace Cardiff (@HackspaceCDF) from Mark Heseltine, who talked at Dorkbot about the new digs and some of the possibilities the new community could have.
While I’m no hardware geek myself, I think it’s fantastic that such a place exists in Cardiff.
I don’t know if it’s the same in other Dorkbots, but Cardiff’s skews heavily towards projects where technology meets art. These can often leave me a bit cold, feeling that I understand how the artist has done something, but not really why.
I did rather enjoy this documentary about Paul Granjon’s Oriel Factory robot exhibit however.
Perhaps it helps me that the messages about recycling and using clean energy seem clear and important in this exhibition. Plus, it looks like a lot of fun!