THE BEST ARTICLE I’VE READ IN YEARS

 thank you clive!!!!!!!!!

if you know me at all – which you may not – or think you do – or sort of do (which will not seem snarky once you read this article) you will know that i read this article with VORACIOUSNESS – or is that VORACITY? either way – if you are at all interested in why we do the things we do and how the world is changing/adapting etc…to technology.  READ THIS.

My BRIEF synopsis….and favorite points:

“Social scientists have a name for this sort of incessant online contact. They call it “ambient awareness.” 

The ambient information becomes like “a type of E.S.P.,” as Haley described it to me, an invisible dimension floating over everyday life..

No message is the single-most-important message. It’s sort of like when you’re sitting with someone and you look over and they smile at you. You’re sitting here reading the paper, and you’re doing your side-by-side thing, and you just sort of let people know you’re aware of them.

Robin Dunbar argued that each human has a hard-wired upper limit on the number of people he or she can personally know at one time.

“I outsource my entire life,” she said. “I can solve any problem on Twitter in six minutes.” 

If you’re reading daily updates from hundreds of people about whom they’re dating and whether they’re happy, it might, some critics worry, spread your emotional energy too thin, leaving less for true intimate relationships.

This is the ultimate effect of the new awareness: It brings back the dynamics of small-town life, where everybody knows your business.

When cyberspace came along in the early ’90s, it was celebrated as a place where you could reinvent your identity — become someone new.

“If anything, it’s identity-constraining now,” Tufekci told me. “You can’t play with your identity if your audience is always checking up on you.

“You know that old cartoon? ‘On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog’? On the Internet today, everybody knows you’re a dog! If you don’t want people to know you’re a dog, you’d better stay away from a keyboard.”

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