F— Farmville

Farmville is a game app on Facebook that is used by 1% of the world’s population.

It has about 83 million users.

In Farmville, you get a little fake person with a little fake piece of land and you grow little fake vegtables and tend fake animals that you then bring to a fake market to trade for fake money to get a larger piece of fake land.

That’s called simulation. Remember Maxis’ Sim City? Kind of like that, but there is really no end toFarmville. You just keep on going…and inviting your friends to join you. You are also offered the opportunity to get more farmville cash by participating in sponsor survey’s et al all of which generates advertising leads and stats. When you invite your friends you are passing their info onto the product sponsors.

Farmville is free (unless you bought the Farmville Extreme Manager so you don’t even have to interact with your simulated farm to have it grow).

The information product sponsors get from you is priceless. Up to date and to the minute consumption statistics and fresh contact leads.

While you push fake dirt around.

Now….Farmvillelike many other games of its ilk (that are not quest defined although,even some of the ones that are) have to do with a) passing time and b) making you feel like you have accomplished something.

It gives you something you can participate in on a daily basis and on a daily basis you can see your activities rewarded with progress and growth. I won’t even launch into all that but that is the main crux of our modern existence, few of us live lives that bear any evidence of even noticing us being involved in them.

Farmville lets us see our impact.

But…all Farmville does is keep you busy and give out your friend’s information to advertising execs so they can design something else to take you away from the awareness of the poverty of your life.

But there is another game growing online and it is gaining steam. Its almost a simulation, but different and it has to do with fake points and real money. Everytime you participate in it. Everytime you annoy the bejeesus out of your friends because you have taken over their wall with inane status updates (to wit: that yes, you – like 5% of all other responders do think there should be a National Egg Day). Everytime you sell one of your friends down the river by identifying them to product sponsors as potential sources of information – you get points, when you have a set amount of points, that product sponsor has to “pay” for their information by donating a set amount to the charity of your choice.

You get the widget that assigns all the credit to you for how much you have earned your charity through the use and abuse of your friends.

I have got my widget in my blog signature and on several of the blogsites now. If you can’t see it you can find it at http://www.socialvibe.com/cassandratribe

I am playing the game with “To Write Love on Her Arms.” Everytime I, or someone through my widgets, completes some little entertaining activity or survey and tweets or posts the results, I earn points. Everytime I earn 100 points, all the product sponsors involve pony up the money to pay for 9 minutes of crisis, suicide and depression prevention for teens using a unique program that utilizes outreach programs in real time and on the Internet.

You can find out more about them at http://www.twloha.com

Put down the pig.

Answer some silly questions.

Freely admit its all a game,

but make a difference while you do it. Find your own charity. Get your own widget.

The first step in doing something other then spinning around in your own crapola is to try something that has to do with other people.

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About cassandratribe

"There are few artists that can do what Cassandra Tribe does. Whether with her poetry, her videos or her blog, Cassandra examines the truths that most of us can never come close to realizing and shows it for what it is, both beautiful and frightening at the same time. She exposes our inner-most workings like the cross-section of a powerful but flawed machine, our gears and springs, nuts and bolts removed and laid out before us. She is a true artist. Her new video, Requiem for a God, is the latest example of Cassandra's willingness to tear open and examine the very things that make us human. Shooting the film entirely by herself, she also eliminates all the little excuses we come up with to keep us from ourselves and our truth. You see, even when she's not trying to be, Cassandra Tribe is a beacon of truth and humanity in this darkest of worlds." (Michael E. Quigg, The Culture Network, June 2009)
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