The simple answer is that Facebook displayed that they didn’t respect their user’s privacy, and basically started encouraging its users to give up more and more personal information; and basically looked at them as lots and lots of cash cows. I didn’t dig that. I also didn’t like how Facebook had BECOME the way I HAD to socialize with people.
Is it in bad taste to post a list of things that you want for Christmas in your blog?
…And also this.
If you’re reading this blog post, you can for the most part assume I’m a real human being. I walk, talk, eat, bathe, sleep, and in general lead a life very similar to yours. I, like most people, work. I, like most people, don’t really like my job. In fact, I really dislike my job. I am a telephone interviewer (but everyone just calls us “telemarketers” anyway, even though we never sell anything), and I work for an independent political and market research company. I’ve been doing this job for close to three years now; so for all intents and purposes, you can call me an expert on this subject.
The reason I don’t like my job is that I work for minimum wage, at less-than-ideal hours, and I spend nearly all my time at work chained to my desk by a telephone headset, staring at a computer, getting berated by strangers that think it’s okay to treat me and my fellow employees like we’re less than human. Trust me, I know a good many of you are thinking, “If you don’t like your job, quit.” I still find that comment surprising considering the current economic climate and the fact that I don’t have one of those magical pieces of paper everyone wants you to have. It’s not like I haven’t looked for other jobs.
The closer we come to the Mid-Term Elections in November, the more political-study calls I have to make. The more calls I have to make, the more rudely people treat me. (I understand and sympathize that you’re getting a lot of these calls: lots of different research companies are being paid to do these kinds of calls at this time of year.) Being as I’m tired of dealing with people treating me badly, I’ve decided to do an honest, just-the-facts FAQ to help you deal with these political research calls (not telemarketing) when they come. Understand that this is hardly in defense of the research companies themselves: in my experience most of what they do politically can be pretty awful. My hope is only that you’ll read this, reblog it, send the link to your friends and relatives, and spread the word. It’ll make my job and my life a lot less stressful.