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My boyfriend and I were talking about facebook revolutions. I was sharing with him some of the things that we discussed in class because we both work with a campus ministries network spanning across the Mid-Atlantic. Here's an article that he shared with me; he found it not too long ago. I thought what the article says is FASCINATING, especially when it talks about the little light going off on your blackberry and how you find approval in that! 

http://www.fastcompany.com/1716844/alone-together-an-mit-professors-new-book-urges-us-to-unplug

This is a little bit of a tangent from the above article, but I just wanted to throw this out there--if we DID start a facebook revolution and facebook suddenly went down, how long would that revolution be sustained? Before the internet, people communicated through letters, word of mouth, mail, horsemen, armies, and all that other stuff. Would we be able to get back to that? And if we can, why rely on facebook? Which is more powerful?

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  1. Unknown User (dmb21)

    This line is great: "We're not necessarily putting our investment in the ties that bind; we're putting our investment in the ties that preoccupy". Too often I find that the one across the table from, across the couch, or at the front of the room is secondary to my digital conversation. While this is a short-term example, I know that it is easy to become obsessed with maintaining digital contact with someone who is unable to be in your physical presence, whether it be an old friend from high school, a former crush, or the old "friend of a friend". It is plausible that we enjoy being surrounded by our friends, cramped in a bar, or in the middle of a movie and sharing this private conversation with someone for everyone in the room to see when you smile or laugh to yourself. It's attention from more than one source and speaks to the point on this digital recognition/validation. Thanks for the article!

  2. Thanks for sharing this link, Eunwoo. When Turkle said that "loneliness is failed solitude," I couldn't help but think of Thoreau.

  3. Unknown User (ees14) AUTHOR

    Just to comment to what you were saying Danielle about being more occupied with the internet conversation than with the person in front of you--I find that to be absolutely true! I think that all of this technology is giving us ADD in the way that we listen to each other. How many times are we occupied with our computers as our friends try to talk to us over the phone, in person, or whatever the case may be? In fact, because of this whole "multi-tasking" ability that's come up with all this technology use, it's harder and harder to focus on one thing at a time. I believe that one of the readings for next class addresses that issue ("Is Google making us stupid?"). 

    Also, to comment on "friends"--gah, facebook is the friend's enemy! I look at some people's profiles (or I used to, when I had facebook) and wonder how in the world they can maintain 1000+ friends. Here's a great quote from another reading due next class, Faux Friendship: 

    "Facebook's very premise - and promise - is that it makes our friendship circles visible. There they are, my friends, all in the same place. Except, of course, they're not in the same place, or, rather, they're not my friends.They're simulacra of my friends, little dehydrated packets of images and information, no more my friends than a set of baseball cards is the New York Mets."

    Sooo true. Dehydrated packets of images and information? And you talk about trying to get to know people online! We try to replace our real friendships with nothing but simulations. It's interesting how in this age when everything is becoming more generic - generic drugs, generic food, generic rip-offs of brand names -  our friendships are becoming more generic, too. Have mercy.