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Facebook ain’t Your Buddy, it’s a Sly Pickpocket of Your Secrets!…by Robert M. Katzman

Facebook Ain’t Your Buddy, it’s a Sly Pickpocket of Your Secrets!

by Robert M. Katzman March 21, 2018

Having had a little time to think about this intellectual hurricane of fury about Facebook and betrayal in the quiet black fields of Wisconsin where nothing has sprouted yet, but the promise of innocent plants seeking the sun remains,

I think the lesson persists that there are only just so many people a person can trust, only just so much truth a person can offer to another who will keep it close to their vest.

That a secret whispered to a compatriot about a certain political or ethical perspective can morph into a very different thing when it might be read by millions and its delicate reasoning with all its faults turns the writer into a screaming tsunami of irrationality, of scheming, of everything it was never intended to be, because nothing remains the same when it is magnified from conjecture to a roar across the world.

What am I saying?

Be very careful who you trust, and think about the consequences of musing on the internet, as if you were leaning over a split rail fence on a farm, laundry blowing on the clothesline behind you, thinking its just you and your crusty neighbor, a guy maybe flawed, but a guy you really know, a guy you trust who knows how to keep his mouth shut.

Facebook, the internet, and all those other illusions ain’t that.

Like my worn and wary Dad warned me in 1959: Listen, Son, don’t spill your guts to just anyone.


Publishing News! 

Bob Katzman’s two new true Chicago books are now for sale, from him!
Vol. One: A Savage Heart  and Vol. Two: Fighting Words

Gritty, violent, friendship, classic American entrepreneurship love, death, heartbreak and the real dirt about surviving in a completely corrupt major city under the Chicago Machine. More history and about one man’s life than a person may imagine.

Please visit my new website: https://www.dontgoquietlypress.com
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Here’s complete information on how to buy my books:

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Don’t Go Quietly Press
PO Box 44287
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I am also for hire if anyone wants me to read my work and answer questions in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. Schools should call me for quantity discounts for 30 or more books. Also: businesses, bookstores, private organizations or churches and so on.

My Fighting Words Publishing Co. four original books, published between 2004 and 2007 are now out-of-print. I still have some left and will periodically offer them for sale on my new website.

 Twitter handle:bob_katzman


Comment by scott

March 21, 2018 @ 6:03 pm

Bob-Great minds do think alike- I have been pondering how ridiculous it is and am doing much less posting. I think there are a lot of scams to get to the innards of your computer. I am much more careful and don’t know how much longer I will remain active
Always your friend

Comment by Rick

March 22, 2018 @ 6:14 am

Do not consider anything you do on the internet private or secure.

Free websites: If you are not paying for the product, you are the product. Nothing is really free.

Comment by Patricia

March 25, 2018 @ 5:44 am

I’m a little before your time in the “Sun” however my best friend Cathy Jones lived on 93rd Street and Rosie Belazi and Victor Rosen and Judy Ratz all lived in the Pill Hill atre and I did go to Warren until 5th grade …and Kevin and Karen Antink lived on 93rd and Jeffery and my brother was a Tie-Rod and he and my sister Marge graduated Warren and my brother was a Patrol boy and 83rd and Jeffery protecting us all…and I met Lennie Carlson at Vic Roden’s famous Friday night parties….He was my first Love….
Now FB has brought me closer to Bowen HS Friends and my Camp Fire girlfriends……so since I’m not famous yet it really doesn’t mater if they Steal my info…I like talking to Manor Folks and Pill Hill and HS chums on FB because all the Friends after HS I never had that history…That’s what I like talking about our shared South Side History…So from that perspective …I’m grateful to be alive still…and hear that we all seemed to be part of an island that kept us in a shared memory bank…I probably bought a Sun-Times from you…

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