Peter Jackson is very active with his facebook, posting snippets from behind the scenes and regarding causes he actively supports. While he is well known for his work on the J.R.R Tolkien films such as the Lords of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies, Jackson is well known for supporting and looking out for anything that he could be creative with. Doctor Who is just one of those shows and as a video posted on his facebook shows, he is not one to shy away from announcing his activity in the show in the near future.
While there are no real details and this may be premature, there is hope that this could mean in the near future, maybe next season, we could see an episode with the Jackson touch. While famous for its big guest appearances there is rarely a guest producer or director, especially one known for his large films. As if that wasn’t mean enough for the Doctor Who fans, Tolkien fans may notice the Silmarillion (yet another one of Tolkien’s books set in Middle Earth) marked with post-it notes and an inserted page. Because teasing one fan base is just not enough.
Facebook has been through numerous changes in the last few years – some that pleases its users, and a number of which don’t. In their latest move, a change has been made to the privacy settings of its entire user base which will now allow anyone to search for them as one would any other person.
Up to this point, there has been the option to ‘hide’ yourself from search results through an option known as “Who can look up your Timeline by name?”. In a turn of events however it has been discovered that this did not stop people from being discovered in other ways, such as clicking on your name if it appeared in their news feed of via graph search which showed all users within a certain area.
In an interview with ABC News, Bradley Shear who is a specialist lawyer in internet privacy and social media said “Facebook has over a billion users, even though only a small number of users used this privacy option, that can still mean millions of users.” Whilst it is not known. nor will Facebook disclose how many users have opted for this feature, there is certainly going to be a large number of people who are to be affected. Facebook will be informing people of this change to their settings via a message that will appear at the top of their news feed informing them that people they don’t know will be able to see their activity.
Michael Richter, the Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook quoted: “People told us that they found it confusing when they tried looking for someone who they knew personally and couldn’t find them in search results. The best way to control what people can find about you on Facebook is to choose who can see the individual things you share”
How this is going to affect Facebook in the long run is a time will tell matter, but as Richter suggests, if you don’t want people other than those you know seeing one of your posts then there are still options available to restrict the posts visibility.
Do you use this option? How do you feel about this move in privacy settings? Let us know in the comments section below.
I predict that during this season of Doctor Who, that the Doctor will DIE!, and regenerate once again.
If you follow The Doctor along his travels you will know that every so often something happens to The Doctor along the way which causes him to regenerate. In a sense the Time Lord dies, and is reborn, sometimes he seems to have aged, though from my experience he seems to get younger. I only recently became a Dr. Who fan, when I came across the show on Netflix, not knowing what it was really when I started watching, I raced through season after season. Within a matter of a couple of months I watched all six seasons of Doctor Who, I couldn’t wait until season seven was going to start because I knew that I would get to continue watching this addicting show. Unfortunately I do not watch much television, and I am unable to stream shows on the BBC website 🙁
The current Doctor played by Matt Smith has put in his notice, it has been said that he will still be The Doctor for the 50th anniversary special in November, as well as the Christmas episode in December, but he will have regenerated by 2014. Apparently he will regenerate some time during the Christmas special.
The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will air on BBC1 on Saturday 23 November.
Are you a Whovian? What are your thoughts on how well Matt Smith has played the roll of The Doctor?