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Brave New World of Digital Intimacy
Transcript of Brave New World of Digital Intimacy
Connection: Alone Together
Sherry Turkle addresses the idea that we have a need to be connected and always on social media, despite the fact that we are truly alone. The article addresses our need to feel connected and follow everyone's updates, despite the fact that we do not even necessarily know them (man follows woman he doesn't know on twitter)
Connect: Our Lives
We friend people on Facebook that we don't know personally, but know of
Tag unflattering pictures of others
We feel the need to document what we are doing throughout the day
Our social media accounts become like a novel or blog of our lives
We feel like we know people better because we follow all of their posts and updates
We feel as though it is strange when people bring up topics in conversation that they learned from social media websites
Why do you all feel the need to be constantly connected? What about it is so intriguing?
It also shocks us how much information we are willing to share with people and how much our friends can learn about us through Facebook
By Brittany Wetreich, Lindsey Gerding, Sami Rioux, and Max Mason
People are forever connected to social media and friends from all over the world
Facebook has evolved over time from a college-based, small social site to a large-scale live feed with various privacy options for the whole world to utilize
Everyone is so connected that no one can ever truly lose touch with anyone
People have the ability to network with strangers
People's social lives are actually better because they are able to keep in touch with people outside of their primary circle of friends
Social media brings back dynamics of small-town life where everyone knows everyone else's business
What shocks us the most is that the original Facebook did not have a News Feed
We are so accustomed to everything now that hardly anything shocked us except for the information about how social interactions used to work in the past (the "old Facebook")
It is interesting that in order to hide dishonest activities, parties used to ban camera phones
"You can't play with your identity if your audience is always checking up on you". Since everyone is constantly connected, you can't change what you say because once it's up there, it is present forever, as Turkle addressed.
Privacy issue that was addressed in Alone Together is also present, and the anxiety that comes with technology, such as with the introduction of the News Feed
We are addicted to social media and cannot imagine the idea of not being connected and not knowing what is going on in other people's lives. -We purposely stay on Facebook to see what is being said about us.
In essence, Facebook users didn’t think they wanted constant, up-to-the-minute updates on what other people are doing. Yet when they experienced this sort of omnipresent knowledge, they found it intriguing and addictive. Why?
The New York Times
September 5, 2008
Why would you subject your friends to your daily minutaie?
"Who really cares what I am doing, every hour of the day? Even I don't care"
What does it mean to have hundreds of "friends" on Facebook? What kind of friends are they anyway?
Do you think you could live without social media for a prolonged period of time if social media did not exist anymore?
Do you think there will ever be a time when social media does not exist anymore? What would you be losing if this does happen?