Last updated on: 2/8/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Tom Hodgkinson Biography

Title:
Writer for the Guardian
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“I despise Facebook. This enormously successful American business describes itself as ‘a social utility that connects you with the people around you’. But hang on. Why on God’s earth would I need a computer to connect with the people around me? Why should my relationships be mediated through the imagination of a bunch of supergeeks in California? What was wrong with the pub?

And does Facebook really connect people? Doesn’t it rather disconnect us, since instead of doing something enjoyable such as talking and eating and dancing and drinking with my friends, I am merely sending them little ungrammatical notes and amusing photos in cyberspace, while chained to my desk?”

“With Friends Like These…,” Guardian, Jan. 14, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Writer, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times
  • Founder, writer, and editor, The Idler, 1993-present
  • Researcher, Sunday Mirror, 1991-1993
Education:
  • Attended Jesus College, Cambridge, UK
  • Attended Westminster School
Other:
  • Created National Unawareness Day in 2006, to be celebrated annually on Nov. 1.
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?