You may have been experimented-on!

Ever had it before? Well you got it again.
User avatar
DrMatt
BANNED
Posts: 29811
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:00 pm
Location: Location: Location!

You may have been experimented-on!

Post by DrMatt »

SBM's review of Facebook's Science Publication

On the one hand, it's marketing as usual.
On the other hand, publishing it as science raises the specter of HeLa, Tuskegee, Nazi medical experiments, and others.
Grayman wrote:If masturbation led to homosexuality you'd think by now I'd at least have better fashion sense.

User avatar
Anaxagoras
Posts: 27682
Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am
Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan

Re: You may have been experimented-on!

Post by Anaxagoras »

Seems like a huge overreaction.

Ask yourself: Are they in their rights to do this same sort of stuff for their own marketing research and not publish the results, or sell the results to advertisers? Probably. And do they in fact do exactly that all the time? It's like a website experimenting with different kinds of articles or other doodads to see what generates more traffic. They can and do "manipulate your emotions" all the time. Tuskeegee or Mengele it ain't.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare

User avatar
DrMatt
BANNED
Posts: 29811
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:00 pm
Location: Location: Location!

Re: You may have been experimented-on!

Post by DrMatt »

Anaxagoras wrote:Seems like a huge overreaction.

Ask yourself: Are they in their rights to do this same sort of stuff for their own marketing research and not publish the results, or sell the results to advertisers? Probably. And do they in fact do exactly that all the time? It's like a website experimenting with different kinds of articles or other doodads to see what generates more traffic. They can and do "manipulate your emotions" all the time. Tuskeegee or Mengele it ain't.
Seems to me that where it crossed the line is when a scientific journal published it.
Grayman wrote:If masturbation led to homosexuality you'd think by now I'd at least have better fashion sense.

User avatar
Abdul Alhazred
Posts: 84906
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:33 pm
Title: Yes, that one.
Location: Chicago

Re: You may have been experimented-on!

Post by Abdul Alhazred »

Image "If I turn in a sicko, will I get a reward?"

"Yes! A BIG REWARD!" ====> Click here to turn in a sicko
The arc of the moral universe bends towards chaos.
People who believe God or History are on their side provide the chaos.

User avatar
robinson
Posts: 8598
Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:01 am
Title: Sweetheart
Location: USA

Re: You may have been experimented-on!

Post by robinson »

Isn't Facebook just one giant experiment?
oh really?

User avatar
Abdul Alhazred
Posts: 84906
Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:33 pm
Title: Yes, that one.
Location: Chicago

Re: You may have been experimented-on!

Post by Abdul Alhazred »

robinson wrote:Isn't Facebook just one giant experiment?
Yes.

An successful experiment in accumulating wealth without producing anything.
Image "If I turn in a sicko, will I get a reward?"

"Yes! A BIG REWARD!" ====> Click here to turn in a sicko
The arc of the moral universe bends towards chaos.
People who believe God or History are on their side provide the chaos.