Mary Cheung, Head Illustrator
8. “Umbrella” by Rihanna The main function of Facebook is for people to connect to others, like the artist says, “We’ll never be worlds apart.” Request and accept friendships to be placed under your umbrella of social networking.
7. “Hakuna Matata” by Elton John and Tim Rice Thumbs up. Like. “It means no worries.” There’s been groups created on Facebook that advocate for the site to contain a “dislike” button. Without the “dislike” button, all things can be liked. Has paradise finally arrived? For now, the “like” button is a problem-free philosophy.
6. “Pictures of You” by The Last Goodnight It’s where you can post your Instagrams and tag your friends, share photos of yourself and your family “hung up on your wall for the world to see.” And you do just that on Facebook: Post your celebrity doppelganger or tag your name under a character of Adventure Time or Pokemon.
5. “Dance Yrself Clean” by LCD Soundsystem An upbeat song to delete your friends to! Feel the pulse leading to the moment of liberation.
It is a milestone when you first trash the person formerly known as your friend: evaluating who you want to keep in touch with and virtually eliminating who you’ve never gotten to know well enough, and who might not be suited to be friends with you after all. In such case, good riddance and “Dance Yrself Clean.” As James Murphy says, “It’s your show.”
4. “In the End” by Linkin Park There have been cases of publicized depression through statuses over Facebook. This can be reasoned as a way to get attention and for others to pass judgment or a cry to fulfill the need for real human connection. The latter has lacked in appearance. Less than a week ago, Brian White, a jealous and possessive 19-year-old, hacked his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend and her mother to death with an axe before shooting himself. According to Huffington Post, White wrote on his Facebook, “you can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness,” and was reported to have made references to the thriller “American Psycho.”
In December 2010, 42-year-old Simone Back wrote on her wall, “took my pills be dead soon bye bye everyone” which was dismissed as cowardice from her friends. Or “jumping off the gw bridge sorry” posted by Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi in that same year. It seems that on Facebook, a death threat “doesn’t even matter.”
3. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson We join groups so that we can learn how to discuss controversial issues like women’s healthcare and Planned Parenthood, or KONY, in a local group called “KONYONTA 2012.” There’s also “The Oneonta Opinion Group” where ideas are planted and dialogue sprouts. We all strive for change so, “if you want to make the world a better place,” you’ve got to look at your Facebook.
2. “Everyone’s At It” by Lily Allen Facebook Addiction Disorder (F.A.D.) has been developing as a trend for about five years. Let’s face it, you might know someone who has separation anxiety. “From grown politicians to young adolescents prescribing themselves antidepressants,” Allen sings. A rehabilitation clinic called “reSTART” residing in Washington opened recently as means to address technological addictions and to study the effects it has on the brain.
1. “Creep” by Radiohead It summarizes this generation of Facebook users. We indulge in what is normally known as “Facebook stalking” where we may befriend someone we don’t know too well only to scroll through the pages of their profile to learn all the interests of that person and to see their activity in the recent posts, or with the advent of “timeline,” it is easier to track everything a user has done since they’ve become a member of that community. The addicting power and guilty pleasure in Facebook stalking is a way to avoid doing other, most possibly, productive things. This Radiohead song sums up the numbness and desire to gaze at others like objects of soft pornography. You may have compulsively opened Facebook as the first appearance in your web browser. If you experience a brain fart, you instinctually type the letter “F” and no surprise that it’s the first site that pops up in the box of suggestions. After squandering your time there, you might say, “I don’t belong here, but I’m a creep.”
If you’d like to listen to these tracks, they will be available on 8tracks.com in a mix called “Face it, it’s Facebook.”