09/07/08 139 W - + 7 - 8 Brave New World of Digital Intimacy

Here's an excellent article on social media from today's New York Times. It's a long piece, from their magazine. Examines the effects of being connected online, notably in the lives and relationships of those who are constantly connected. e.g., through Facebook or Twitter. Numerous interesting points here. The ability to outsource your entire life, using social contacts to solve problems. The "dynamics of small town life, where everyone knows your business." Attitudes toward privacy, which become "simultaneously vigilant and laissez-faire." Self-awareness, and a "culture of people who know much more about themselves." And so on. Good stuff, and a great perspective into the world of constant online connections. Especially for us old farts, who watch the young 'un's work their keyboards and keypads day and night.

for even older folks like my mom, flickr has given her the ability to reconnect very strongly with her best friend from 73 years ago, all through her son’s flickr page, when he started posting old pics of his family – this has led to an increase in e-mails – trans-atlantic phonecalls, and looking for and scanning even more old pictures to fill in all the missing memories from before and after the 2nd world war – now, that’s a great thing!!! it has brought old neighbors that have been separated from across the atlantic closer together after decades of being apart
cornerhydrant - 09/07/08 - 13:47

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