“Facebook has certainly taken notice of the desire for impermanence”
“It’s interesting that we now create things specifically to forget”
“networks can be far more tyrannical, opaque, and anti-democratic than hierarchies”
“Snapchat subverts the affordances of networked publics…the technology now—not the recipient—is the trusted object”
“using the magic word “MOOC,” the privatization disappears in a puff of euphemism. We are instead “expanding access””
“Just as CafePress can sell you a customized T-Shirt, why shouldn’t OKCupid aspire to sell you a customized partner?”
“use online connectivity not to try to define ourselves perfectly but to undo ourselves over and over”
“social media seem to intersect interpersonal sociality and corporate monetization”
“they all took snapshots and movies of each other out of fear of experiencing the meaninglessness of their existence”
Nathan is on Twitter [@nathanjurgenson] and Tumblr [nathanjurgenson.com].
We live in a cyborg society. Technology has infiltrated the most fundamental aspects of our lives: social organization, the body, even our self-concepts. This blog chronicles our new, augmented reality.
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