It seems endless, the possibilities of our electronic playthings and tools. Smartphones that are increasingly becoming the size of tablets, with the potential to basically replace laptops for mobility. The applications and software development that allows you share awkward, yet relevant (to you) quotes, recipes, inspiration, politics, ideology; the eeriness that is targeted ads on the websites you most often visit with the things you like and are likely to consume, like Facebook’s right-hand column. (Though, why I keep getting ads for Huggies diapers is a mystery.) Interactive gaming consoles that use motion-sensors for …. optimum engagement like the Microsoft Kinect or the Wii.
Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.
-Andre Dubus (writer)
My “brother”, Derek posted an interesting opinion about Tumblr (on his Tumblr), Twitter and Facebook, and his thoughts on each of [...]
As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves.
-Daniel J. Boorstin (historian)
I wrote [...]
Is there a social pressure for people to join social networking and social media sites like Facebook and Tumblr? That was one of the questions we tried to answer in my winter class during the first week. One student brought up the idea that there’s this perception of being pressured into signing up for various [...]
When I first read that Google was coming out with their own version of a Facebookesque social networking appendage to what seems like their already too big of a reach around everything else, I was excited. But I didn’t get the initial invite so I waited, waiting for someone to extend an invite so I [...]
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