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Real life and the web

Posted in Uncategorized by minniebakker on April 16, 2009

In an article title Living on the Radio in the 4/20/09 issue of The New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones begins with this:

“One way to understand social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace is to consider that younger digital natives are not necessarily being exhibitionists when they post photographs of themselves and share personal details there. Instead, these users are living a life in which consciousness is spread out evenly over two platforms: real life and the Web. Rather than feeling schizophrenic or somehow pathological, digital natives understand that these two realms divide the self much as speech and the written word divide language, a division that humans have lived with for a long time without going bonkers.”

As an older digital native, I must admit that it drives me bonkers.

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