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I’m not throwing stones here because sometimes I do it myself. But it strikes me that after six months on Facebook, most of what counts for opinion and insight consists primarily of throwing out quotes, billboards, aphorisms, YouTube videos, cartoons, article links, etc., all of which have been written by someone other than the person posting this information.

It easier to find a virgin in a Catholic boarding school than it is to find an original thought on Facebook.

One way in which MySpace was vastly superior to Facebook is that it had a built in, if rudimentary blogging app, where people could write down what they were thinking or feeling, adding quotes, links, and references as needed.

I was using MySpace during much of the 2008 presidential and primary campaigns, and there were some extraordinary, challenging ideas being posted — original ideas!

My suggestion is that more Facebook users go to WordPress and other sites that offer free blogging services and link your work back to Facebook.

We need more young people who can think for themselves and not rely on others and the predictable sourcing of Change.org, BuzzFeed, Moveon.org, and other sites to do their thinking for them.

Just a (original!) thought!

— Frank

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