[-empyre-] contesting the netopticon

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Mon Jan 24 04:21:45 EST 2011

On 01/23/2011 04:24 PM, marc garrett wrote:
> There is already a backlash by various groups and individuals critiquing
> Twitter and Facebook, saying that these social networking
> facilities/platforms do not connect people but isolate them from
> reality."A behaviour that has become typical may still express the

I think it depends how socially connected one is to start with. For me, 
any social contact is an improvement over just sitting at home and the 
internet has been a benefit for me in this respect. But I'm definitely a 
pathological case. ;-)

> problems that once caused us to see it as pathological," Sherry Turkle.
> Social networking under fresh attack as tide of cyber-scepticism sweeps
> US. http://tinyurl.com/4suzj94



Turkle is the latest recanting cyberprophet after Lanier and Rushkoff. I 
wonder if this is a generational thing, or possibly a class thing - 
technology is more available than ever to kids and non-academics.

The fragmention of cultural and social experience that Turkle and others 
blame social network users for is part of the successful operation of 
the netopticon rather than any kind of personal failure on the part of 

- Rob.

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