Brave New World of Digital Intimacy
September 5th, 2008

This post’s headline is the title of a story by Clive Thompson in the New York Times Magazine this weekend. Thompson describes the experience of Twittering, explores several theories about the impact of continuous sharing of daily details, and includes comments from several viewpoints derived by interviews. This interesting article touches on things that are good, bad and ugly. My own point of view is summed up in this paragraph from the article:

“It’s just like living in a village, where it’s actually hard to lie because everybody knows the truth already,” Tufekci said. “The current generation is never unconnected. They’re never losing touch with their friends. So we’re going back to a more normal place, historically. If you look at human history, the idea that you would drift through life, going from new relation to new relation, that’s very new. It’s just the 20th century.”

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