Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Is Your Psychology a Performance?

Provocative article, "I Tweet, Therefore I am," http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/magazine/01wwln-lede-t.html

Peggy Orenstein has produced an original, insightful article about the effect of social media on "the self." Quoting MIT professor Sherry Turkle, Orenstein writes, "On Twitter or Facebook you're trying to express something real about who you are. But because you're also creating something for others' consumption, you find yourself imagining and playing to your audience more and more. So those moments in  which you're supposed to be showing your true self become a performance. Your psychology becomes a performance." YIKES. 

Orenstein asks,  "But when every thought is externalized, what becomes of insight? When we reflexively post each feeling, what becomes of reflection? When friends become fans, what happens to intimacy?" Lots more worth reading, and thought-provoking. Do you identify? Think it's way off? Only applicable to young people?
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