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Is it time to turn our backs on the Book?

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The alarming “breach of trust” (Mark Zuckerberg’s words) that has led to this Cambridge Analytica scandal has left many users wondering if they should delete Facebook altogether. To be honest, it might be no harm.

50 million people had their data unwittingly mined, analysed and used against them in a shocking betrayal of privacy that is straight out of a dystopian sci-fi novel. The scary thing is, it wasn’t just people who signed up for these 3rd party apps who fell victim to the scam, it was all of their Facebook friends as well, so it’s not like you can blame the victims for being careless.

Cambridge Analytica took this data – likes, statuses, personal information – identified target voter groups and designed targeted messaging to influence opinion. The kind of opinion they were trying to illicit hasn’t necessarily been proven just yet but the fact that Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon oversaw the company’s activities and Robert Mercer, a major donor to the Trump campaign, invested $15 million, it’s not too difficult to connect the dots.

Broadcaster Matt Cooper deleted his Facebook account live on air and, since the scandal broke, many fellow users have removed themselves (or at least talked about removing themselves) from the world’s biggest social media platform. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done.

Facebook has become a fairly sad place in my opinion. I remember joining in 2008 and being completely drawn in by its unique design and features. Once all of our group of friends had signed up, Bebo couldn’t compete. Back then Facebook was actually “social”. Almost all of your time on the site was spent chatting to friends, posting on their walls and, if you really liked someone, sending pokes. It was good craic.

Now, trawling through your news feed is a very different experience. All you see is viral videos, memes, click bait and “tag someone who…” posts. WhatsApp has completely taken over the messaging scene (although Facebook’s independent Messenger app isn’t bad either, in fairness) and writing on walls is a thing of the past, so really the social element to Facebook has virtually vanished.

The one thing it can potentially still be useful for is news. At the Advertiser we find that Facebook is a good way of sharing our stories and interacting with readers. Unfortunately, Facebook’s algorithm pushes whatever it sees fit to the top of your news feed, with viral videos and memes apparently more important to them than actual news. It’s worth bookmarking your favourite pages (like the Killarney Advertiser) so you can access them directly.

The problem with Facebook at the moment is that there’s a whole bunch of noise and not a lot of substance.

So why not just delete it? FOMO (fear of missing out) is definitely a factor. What if all the lads are having great banter on FB, and I’m here on my own twiddling my thumbs like a chump? It’s like being at the dullest party ever but being afraid to leave in case it suddenly turns into the best night of all time.

Facebook is also addictive. We’re addicted to getting likes and we’re addicted to viral content. Research has shown that click bait works, even if the content that we click through to is rubbish. It’s the anticipation that gives us the buzz. In terms of this kind of rush, Facebook is a very potent dealer.

People have been wary of how much Facebook knows about us for a long time. I think we have always known that in the wrong hands, our personal information could cause personal embarrassment, profit faceless corporations and even swing an election. But, for whatever reason, we’ve resisted deleting. Now we know for a fact what Zuckerberg and co. think of our privacy, is it finally time to turn our backs on the Book?

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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