Oh how the world has changed!  Whether you are a believer in technological or social determinism you are correct about one thing:  the landscape of both are changing.  For this post I will concentrate mostly on the technological determinant perspective.  One reason is because I believe technology has altered how we consider privacy, intimacy, and display.  In the “Say Everything” reading the author details the social networking activity of an individual.  This individual, Kitty Ostapowicz, participates mostly in Livejournal and MySpace, but both sites show very different sides of her.  These include everything from risqué pictures of herself in high heeled stilettos to journal entries about the loss of her parents.  When asked about how she feels knowing that this information will be a google search away in the future she responded by saying, “I’ll be proud!…It’s a documentation of my youth, in a way. Even if it’s just me, going back and Googling myself in 25 or 30 years. It’s my self—what I used to be, what I used to do” (Nussbaum, 2014).  This shows that privacy, intimacy, and display have taken on much more elongated roles.  Back in the day you had to catch someone doing something one time and document it, but if you missed the time then the movement was lost from history.  Now these ideas are much more self determined as well as time durable.  These things, if a person so chooses them to be, will be around theoretically until the internet breaks.  These are concepts that were not thought of a decade ago.

This makes privacy of higher value than ever before.  In a world where everyone shares everything, how can you live your life without sharing the experience.  What happens is that the privacy you attempt to keep, becomes worth more than every because of its rarity in nature.  Also things like surveillance can be a benefit in this coming age.  People are very concerned with their privacy, but tracking technologies have enabled us to find lost cellphones and missing persons; a benefit unlike anything presented in the past.  Even though people seem to be more willing to give up their privacy for such a benefit, or just to post online, the issue of lying comes into play.

In this new world lying is more prevalent than ever.  In a quote from “The Lying Disease” Madrid says, “People fill in the missing pieces in the picture of others they meet online, not fully aware that the picture they are forming is based partly on their own unconscious desires regarding who they want that person to be and how they want them to act” (Madrid, 2012).  Knowing this, we find that whether a person is telling the truth or not, if it is not the whole truth, then a new truth will emerge.  This means that it is increasingly harder to tell the phonies from the real people.  If when I look online I fill the blanks in about a beautiful person, I will most likely give them beautiful characteristics which is terribly wrong.  For all I know they could be lying about everything on their profile and I am giving them the benefit of the doubt.  Then I could see someone who doesn’t present themselves as well, and I will gain negative connotations of them.  This means we must be more aware about what we are posting and how we make ourselves look.  We know there are liars, and we know their are honest people; what we don’t think about it whether the gaps we leave change how people look at us based on a particular gap.  To avoid being seen as a liar, one must try to be as precise as possible when posting online.

 

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