This set of readings is one of the most relevent groups of readings I have done at my time here at Brock. The fact that we are all expected to blog our reactions and connections to these readings, (as well as comment on eachothers observations) ties directly into this growing connection without physically interacting.
In these networks that we are all (I’m sure) deeply rooted in, we make certain decisions about how to balance our own privacy with the identity we would like others to percieve. Each network also allows for a different type of mediation and negotiation with ones self. This relates to the “Cyberspace and Identity” reading. Personally I negotiate most of my online time between two networks – Twitter and Facebook. On each I take up a different identity, with facebook being a “more private” version of myself. I include family in my facebook network, wheres as I feel more exposed to the world on Twitter. We learn through the “Social Network Sites” reading that this is an illusion, and part of the strength of these sites. On facebook I am Adrian _____ the Brock University student, who probably includes one too many pictures of himself having drinks with friends. On Twitter I am AD_ANC the hip hop artist from Toronto who speaks his mind, in a sometimes vulgar manner. The negotiation between the two, and creation of identities in these spaces is what we may rely on too much in the future (according to the article “The Flight from Conversation”). In fact, we already often forget birthdays, or of social gatherings unless our iPhone or Blackberry reminds us from facebook.
There is no doubt that we are marching away from the satisfaction of face to face conversation, but there will always be need for these interactions, and the cell phone, or facebook will not change that. People will however always be lonely at times, and they will try to curb that feeling with the small screen in their pocket that says they have 750 friends. Just be careful what you post, you never know who is watching (Online Social Networking as Participatory Surveillance). At least my grandmother doesn’t follow my twitter feed. At least she remembers my birthday without a facebook update!