In light of my two posts in the last few days — the first describing my qualms about privacy on Facebook, the second noting the benefits of Facebook for interpersonal connection — I wanted to bring your attention to an extraordinary analysis of the issue by Ryan Singel over at Wired Magazine. 

Singel cogently argues that Facebook has gotten drunk on power, and that the only viable alternative is for someone to form an open-source alternative that provides basic functions like Facebook, but without the substantial costs in big-brotherism and commercial exploitation.  His point is a good one:  at the very least, an open-source alternative to Facebook would provide some substantial and healthy competition to the online behemoth.