I found this interesting in my searching of the web. According to New York Times author Clive Thompson, "Why would you subject your friends to your daily minutiae? And conversely, how much of their trivia can you absorb? The growth of ambient intimacy can seem like modern narcissism taken to a new, supermetabolic extreme—the ultimate expression of a generation of celebrity-addled youths who believe their every utterance is fascinating and ought to be shared with the world" (Brave New World of Digital Intimacy).
What do you think cyber friends? Is Thompson true? I'd love to hear your thoughts. His article goes on to talk about how because of this social craze we no longer lose touch with people. I mean, think about it. Fifty years ago you would lose touch with friends over time and those people you hated from high school (you know it's true) would fade off into oblivion. But, now, we're kind of stuck with those around us with no hope of fading off into the distance. An interview from the Thompson article equated it to living in a small town where everyone knows your business. And I think in a way they're right. But the question remains- is that good? Is it good to have your past follow you? Where everyone can log in and become a part of your world even if you stoppped being friends with them thirty years ago? Should some relationships stay buried? Oh, sure, you say, just don't log in. Don't have a facebook acount. Don't have a twitter account- that's how you avoid the ghosts from the past finding you in you present day. But I don't think it's that easy. Social networking and micro-blogs are here to stay and whether you like it or not it truly is a brave new world out there- any maybe there is no where to hide.