The No. 1 Danger of Using Facebook

Thursday's Editorial - September 29, 2011


1.  What is the main idea of Jared Spurbeck's commentary?

2.  Do you agree with Mr. Spurbeck's assertion that "Having a Facebook account is like having a car. Everyone assumes you have one, and there are things you can't do and places you can't go if you don't. Even online games and websites' comment forms require you to have a Facebook account these days. Unless you want to give all that up, you're not allowed to stop using Facebook."?  Explain your answer.

3.  a)  Define monopoly.
b)  From para. 6:  "Not even other monopolies like AT&T and Verizon are in some places. Because to the phone companies, you're the customer, even if it's mostly because there's no one else you can buy from. But to many Internet companies, like Google and Facebook, you aren't the customer. You're the product."  Does this concern you?  Explain your answer.