A question: has facebook taken people away from LJ? Or, is the ability to wax on with nicely thought through commentary and the ability to break past the limited two hundred or so character "snippets du jour" of facebook a shining point for LJ? Just wondering.
I find that what has happened with LJ is simply a continuation of the general process of fragmentation and disintegration of all forms of media which has now become a regular and increasingly frequent cycle as new technologies supplant old ones at any increasingly rapid pace. I expect that when the scroll replaced the cuneiform clay tablet the writing was already on the wall...
I think, to paraphrase de Tocqueville, we get the news we deserve. We want to be entertained, and the ratings follow that. I think it has always been so, but considering we're at a point where education is more available and widespread than ever before, one would hope we'd start moving beyond bread-and-circuses.
However, chocolate will always taste better than liver-and-onions, and that's not changing.
yes and no; twitter has taken a lot of people, but because you can post to eg LJ and have it echo to FB and twitter you can, if you want, do long form here and short form there... you do have to go multiple places to see everything and all comments on things now ;-(
Well for myself, I'm on LiveJournal, MySpace and Facebook. They are three different types of communities for me. My LJ friends are mostly Callahaners with a few folks I've picked up through the rest of you. Facebook began with old schoolmates, added family near and far and lately has begun expanding to work folk. FB is gossip. LJ is more ... thoughtful for me.
I have accounts on LJ, Facebook, and Classmates. Of the three, Facebook is the least useful and least interesting. Sorry, but I am not a soundbite. And neither are my friends. Facebook may have uses (probably mostly commercial), but if I want to stay in touch with folks, LJ is my forum of choice. However, Facebook is a way for folks to find me, so we can touch bases and maybe chat elsewhere. Here on LJ, I have...communities of choice?
Classmates is interesting, as some of us use it as a discussion tool. Maybe I came from a more thought-producing high school. I don't know, but it looks more like LJ in my account, there.
And as for MySpace, I could never get my account there to work correctly, so I abandonned it years ago. Oh well.