Born Digital and Little Brother

It’s the start of a new semester and we’ve already read some thought-provoking texts!  I’m starting out with a series of prompts here.  Feel free to mix and match, or choose one text to comment on in detail:

Some of you wanted to complicate John Palfrey and Urs Gasser’s Born Digital and ask what being a “digital native” or born after the introduction of the Internet might mean.  Do you believe you experience a different sort of relationship to identity than “digital immigrants” who’ve been around since the stone ages (or, at least, since cable tv)?  Do you worry about the information that represents you online, or do so many people engage in things like social networking sites now that you experience safety in numbers?

We also asked “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” with Nicholas Carr and considered a brief overview of writing and computer technologies.  Do you experience yourself reading less and skimming more as you work and play online?  Carr was rather skeptical, but can you think of examples where different ways of reading and thinking in a “post-internet” way have worked to your advantage? How do you experience technology as changing your approach to basic problems?

Finally, we’re currently reading Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and thinking about privacy laws and civil liberties in an anxious post-terrorist vision of San Francisco.  Some of the technology seems a bit shocking, but much is based on real-world devices and programming techniques.  Discuss what aspects of the book intrigue or surprise you the most.  What do you think of the portrayal of the Department of Homeland Security in the novel?  How do you perceive the motivations of teen hacker, Marcus Yallow?

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14 responses to “Born Digital and Little Brother

  1. I would like to consider how the first two articles of my digital humanities class could be connected. Nicholas Carr criticizes the conglomerate of information called Google. He believes that the ease of access to facts has weakened people’s ability to think critically and to conduct research. He also talks about his lack of attention when reading. He accredits this to the structure of the internet. Everything is concise and condensed. Blogs are a prime example of this template. Overall, he discusses how the World Wide Web is molding the people’s ability to read and learn.
    In Born Digital the concept of people’s identities is dissected. To John Palfery there are “two forms of identity: a personal identity and a social identity.” The personal identity covers a person’s interests and idiosyncrasies, and the social identity contains the views of the people around said person. In today’s society the internet has granted people (teenagers in the article) the opportunity to recreate and express themselves in different ways. They can create avatars that follow them through cyberspace, build pages on social networking sites that list their interests, and blog about their ideals. On the web none of these representations have to be relevant to the person’s actual self. More than likely they will be fractal pieces.
    Palfery discusses the positive aspects of being a digital native where teenagers learn “the skills to manage their identities reasonably well in this shifting, hybrid environment.” Carr alludes that being digital will lead to a trend of illiteracy. One man praises while the other criticizes. However, the two men’s articles show how the internet is shaping the human psyche. In my own experience I find myself still able to read long passages and stories in html format without any problems. I also have been the digital native that falls into the trend of technology years after a new piece has been introduced. Examples: I asked for a Gameboy color when the next generation of Gameboys was being released; I bought a playstation1 when the playstation2 was being shelved in Walmart; I have yet to create a facebook page.

  2. “ Thus, to take examples only from the sphere of power, most societies condemn killing as a means of attaining power within society, but all societies encourage the killing of enemies in that struggle for power which is called war,” Hans Morgenthau. Even though the intrusion of privacy and the impediment of free speech was outlawed in Little Brother the government acted as though too much of one’s constitutional rights could advocate terrorism when their own totalitarian views and mechanisms are what created terror. The panic that the took place after the bombing created a home-based war, where there was no clear enemy and this is where lies the underlying conflict in Little Brother. This quote relies upon the fact that the only way for an individual government to seek to obtain power is through the demolishing of any single enemy that poses a threat to the government. The government then seeks to subdue any resembling force or mechanism, and the only way the government can do this is through absolute control, which is what they tried to do with the inhabitants of Sanfrancisco Bay. This method of trying to dilute terrorism did not work and only increased the odds of the capture of someone who was not the enemy, but indeed a civilian like you and I. As a member of society who coins oneself as being civil and well governed by those “higher powers” believes that the book, “Little Brother” should be of major concern to everyone, everywhere. I would like to highlight the fact that America, like the rest of the world is reaching towards a common domain, or middle ground of perpetual peace that seeks to have no one authoritative force control it or be within proximity of it. So whilst, the government would like to control and survey it subjects for better protection, human nature causes us to reach for less surveillance and more privacy like Marcus and the users of Xnet. It is through this struggle for power, which I believe is a major theme in, “Little Brother” by one’s subjects and one’s government that you see war and the arrival of conflict, which by nature will assuredly cause either one’s demise. When the former does not agree with the government, then they the subjects should have the” right to alter of abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” The Declaration of Independence. When Marcus took advantage of his own rights and liberties it immediately caused the system that was demanding to control him to sink, like a chain reaction. Think about what if we all were courageous enough to say no and fight for everything that was wrong in the world, think about what chain reaction would occur then.

  3. Most of the people living in the 21 century know how to use the Internet and get the information they want. Even the elementary school students know a lot about the computer since they are exposed to it for a long time. So protecting personal information is becoming an important problem. For my case, some days before, I got a call from a person I don’t know. He was pretending that he accidently called the wrong number but I got the feeling he wanted to hook me because he knew my personal information. He knew where I live, what school I’m attending and what nationality I had. He probably had seen me on Facebook and called the numbers because I didn’t expose my numbers at first but one of my friends asked my number and not being a Facebook lover I forgot that I have to make my stuff be only seen to friends. After that call, I deleted my number right away from the Facebook and now I always am careful about my personal information.
    Even though I am careful, I know that my information is not safe if it’s online because of hackers like Marcus Yallow. I was really improved to see a teenager to be more professional than the specialists of computer. Marcus said that he learned the hacking and computer knowledge from the internet, than it means that anyone can learn it and use it with a little effort to invest their time. Also, the thoughts and behavior Marcus shows is really outgoing. A coward person like me would just do nothing even if I know something is wrong with the society. I might be complaining if I get searched three times a day but not do anything to change it. However what Marcus said was engraved in my heart. “It’s not about doing something shameful. It’s about doing something private. It’s about your life belonging to you.” Marcus is doing something to change the life he is living because it’s his life, which makes me think about what I am doing to make my life more like I want it to be.

  4. Reading the article “Born Digital” by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser made me realize how I have characteristics of a Digital Native even though I was born prior to the introduction of the internet into our society. I’m a “digital immigrant” that can handle the internet the way that a lot of my Digital Native counterparts can. Even though they were born into the Digital Age, I was able to adapt quickly and use the internet to my advantage. I have a Facebook page and make frequent purchases on Amazon.com and other sites that have the items that I’m looking for. In the article, It makes a reference to how a 16 year old can reinvent herself on the internet through the use of social websites and the use of an Avatar. I have experience with this since my son was born into the digital age and is a digital native. He swears that he can do so much more than I can on the internet. His favorite game is mentioned in the article which is Club Penguin. In this game he sets up an identity and plays games to win prizes and to make his Avatar penguin more interesting. I allow him to play this game on the internet but I’m careful about how much information I allow him to share on this site and other gaming sites that he frequents. I do this so he can learn to socialize with other kids in a seemingly controlled environment. Even though lots of kids play on these sites I do not believe that there is safety in numbers because children can still be singled out and lured by unsavory individuals to do things they normally wouldn’t do. That is why it is important for us to mindful of what we as well as our children put in internet sites to identify themselves. Giving away too much information could place them in an unknowingly dangerous situation.

  5. Modern technology has shaped the world, the way people communicate and even the way that our minds think. Since the dawn of the first technological advancement—Fire –people have begun to think differently. Even before writing the sentence that precedes this sentence the word “technology” was searched in the Google search engine. Once the words “craft” and “skill” popped up one then can deduce that the breakthrough of making fire during the stone ages was a technological advance. Some might say that it is very sad that the “post-internet” generation of today has to use a search engine to come to such an easy answer, but others would argue that it is a breakthrough among our generation.
    It is very easy to argue that something is less complex because it requires less thought. The first thing that comes to mind is Gestalt and patterns. Gestalt, which is a term that means “unified whole” is often associated with Graphic Design Solutions. It relates to how the human perceives shapes and form. It is basically the use of positive and negative space. How we perceive things. Usually the masses apply this theory of pattern recognition to those “mind games” or pictures with double meanings (i.e. man playing saxophone or “woman’s Face”). Just because the image is right there, plain and simple, does not mean it doesn’t have all the complexity of a Picasso or a Van Gogh. Just because Google skims to the basics does not make the content that Google provides less complex or easily decipherable.
    In Nicholas Carr’s article Is Google Making Us Stupid?, he poses a question. Is a search engine that provides us with artificial intelligence making us stupid? Yes, would be the simple answer. Yes, because it causes us to not pick up a book. Yes, because we don’t have to work that hard to find the answer. And in some cases, just yes, because some cannot find an answer other than yes. Nobody wants to say no for sure because nobody knows how to say that something simple or something easy isn’t so easy. Thinking of every aspect, even if you are “skimming” through Google to find information relevant to a research paper or just to know something it becomes apparent right away that even to understand some of the facts that Google dishes out it would be wise to have a 5th grade or higher reading proficiency and understanding of how to work a computer. Already that requires that you have some knowledge. Second, as people get older it is common knowledge that the mind fades. One cannot have as much concentration reading a book at the age of 50 than say someone around the age of 25. Of course it would be easier for someone of that age to simply skim through an article, whereas in elementary since most didn’t know how computers functioned they learned through reading. Now, we can think of it as us knowing more without having t retain as much. I think of it as a zip file. You put a lot of information on a file and it becomes a smaller, more compact file that can easily be shared without slowing down the sharing network. So our brains don’t have to be bogged with heavy literature. In the his article Carr states:
    It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins. It almost seems that they go online to avoid reading in the traditional sense.
    The tradition form of reading solely exist because no one has come along to make the bigger, complicated text more simplistic…along with the fact that terminology gets cut and every teacher has an ego.

  6. The most interesting part of Little Brother are the parts when Marcus is arguing with his father or debating in his social studies class. These moments reveal insight into the different ways people cope with a disaster like a terrorist attack. The fact that people are willing to give up the most basic of their civil liberties to feel protected seems strange. Not being able to walk down the street without being tracked or being able to privately converse online seems extreme. Granted, the plus side is that it’s a deterrent for criminals but the price that innocent people pay is too high. My favorite part of the novel is when Marcus’s quotes from the Declaration of Independence for the first time. It highlighted the entire reason for why anyone would ever protest or try to thwart the government in any way. Abuse of power is why the Magna Charta was drawn up, it’s why the colonists of the “New World” fought a revolution. The USA is so quick to jump in a fight when a country’s citizens are being oppressed by its government, but at times our government fails to abide by the rules they enforce. As a free nation we reserve the right to tell our leaders how we feel and they have an obligation to listen.

  7. As a casual Facebook user, MySpace and Xanga deserter, Amazon and online banking addict, multiple-account-holder on Gaia, deviantART, and Photobucket, I have managed to upload an impressive share of information enabling any web surfer to investigate my personal life, my friends, my family, my artwork. I even have crappy fantasy fiction, and, yes, I’ll admit it, fanfiction, on the sister sites FictionPress and FanFiction. That would be a total of ten websites. But those are only the sites that immediately come to mind! When I think back on the different outlets harboring records of my life, I am left stunned as if splashed in the face with a bucket of ice water (or, maybe, simply clobbered by the bucket itself?). How did it happen that all of my presumed private works, opinions, and life wound up on the World Wide Web? The answer is clear. I put it there.

    In “Born Digital,” John Palfrey and Urs Gasser discussed the “disclosure decision model” or the “assumption…that people decide what personal information they will disclose, how they will disclose it, and to whom they will disclose it based on their evaluation of the possible rewards and risks.” The multitude of uploads were not done in one day and it was this fact that allowed for so much of my information to be distributed. What was one little blog update, one little story uploaded, one clumsily digitally drawn cartoon? Individually, they were nothing but when I take a step back and look at the larger picture, all I can say is “Oops.”

    I began sharing myself with the world in 2004 with the publication of “The Defiant,” a self-proclaimed work of genius that died before the release of the third chapter, under the pseudonym Doodlecritter on FictionPress. The account still exists, but the story has been removed. Doodlecritter was not the only alternate identity assumed. There were also Bammi, YellowBunny, and, my personal favorite, Cylisy. Through the paced circulation of info and the slight multiple personality disorder, I felt as though I was able to maintain a sort of secret identity.

    But I was no superhero able to hide myself within the public eye forever.

    Thanks to Google, anyone can locate me with its evil search engines of doom. Type in ‘Cylisy’ and you can pull up seven websites I am or was a member of within the first page of results. Pull up MySpace and—POW!—there is my real name. Plug that into Facebook and you got me. Plop that good old name into Google and you can find my family tree in .48 seconds (depending on the speed of your computer)! Where is the safety in that? My dearest nom de plume, my security blanket, epically failed far worse than the actors of “The Twilight Saga”. Is there really such a thing as privacy on the internet? Or security, even? My seemingly unrelated posts and blurbs have come together to form a digital web where you only need to give a slight tug to reveal more about me than I am willing to share.

    I feel a strong surge of regret growing in the pit of my stomach.

  8. Let me just start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. There are so many things about this book that was intriguing and surprising. I learned so much more about the actual “real-world devices and programs” from this book. I know I was born as a “digital native” but there is no way I could possibly know or formulate things in such a way to almost overthrow the DHS as Marcus does with the technology discussed in the book. So that in itself is extremely surprising to me. And speaking of the Department of Homeland Security and their actions in the novel, they seem down right horrendous, especially with the water boarding scene from pages 344-345. But when I read this passage, it sparked an idea in my mind because this is some of the same actions performed on possible terrorists when being held at the prison in Guantanamo Bay. So, in a way, the actions of the DHS is like that of U.S government, but it is being juxtaposed with all the people living in San Francisco after the Bay Bridge was bombed and considering everyone a possible terrorist. So when we see things so vividly right in front of our faces like they are expressed in Little Brother then people typically are going to be opposed to it, but as long as its not exposed to the public then people pretend to not know that torture is being carried out on others. I really like Marcus’s motivations. Marcus says, “I want us to fight back. I want us to stay free so that I can do that. If we go out there and blab, they’ll just say that we’re kids making it up. We don’t even know where we were held! No one will believe us” (73-4). He’s very adamant about doing something and not just sitting back to let the government walk all over him. For a seventeen year old, doing something as grand a scale as Marcus seems to be almost impossible, which is what makes his actions and his motivations so appealing to me.

  9. In Nicholas Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” we are asked to consider if all these computer technologies are hindering us instead of actually helping us. I definitely see both sides of the argument here. On the one hand, Google and all these “new age” technologies make things such as researching much more efficient. For example, we no longer have to look through a library catalog to find wherein the library the book might be; we can just quickly jump onto a computer and in seconds find the location of the book. However, the downside of this is that the answers to our questions are right at our fingertips now. We no longer have to think about the answer to a question or really learn the answers to a lot of things. Instead when someone asks us something we quickly pull up Google on our phones or laptops and find the answer right away without any effort at all. This is definitely causing those who are not “digital immigrants” to take short-cuts in just about everything so that it gets done faster and with the littlest amount of effort possible. Basic problems can now be solved at the drop of a hat and thinking is done as little as possible it seems to me.
    I know I personally refer to Google and to the internet on my phone way more than I should. I find myself reading the chapter by chapter summaries of books online instead of actually reading the entire books and using short-cuts of that nature since the internet is always readily available. I no longer have to retain as much information because if I forget it I can plug it into Google and find my answers right there. I can see both sides of the argument, but it seems that Google may be making us stupid because there are more negatives than positives in this argument.

  10. Nicholas Carr’s article, titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” brings attention to a common question of today. Is constant reliance on the Internet dumbing us as a society down little by little? The Internet is this generation’s equivalent of the development of color television. It’s become so deep-rooted in our everyday life that many couldn’t imagine getting through a normal day without the Internet. While the Internet has its many pros, Carr also points out the consequential affects that it has on our society. People are becoming lazier and more impatient. Our attention span is nowhere near as long as those that had to endure school before the Internet. Just the process of writing a research paper today doesn’t require nearly the time or energy that it required thirty-five years ago. Now it’s simply type in a keyword and have anything and everything you need right in front of you. Back then it was a much longer process of which I admittedly have no knowledge since I’ve never had to actually do it. But it’s safe to say that I shudder at the thought of actually going to a library and using the dewey decimal system. Carr brings up an interesting point by quoting Maryanne Wolf who’s issue with the new technology is its effect on how we read. Due to the instant nature of today’s technology, “our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connection that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remains largely disengaged” (Carr 3). This was one of the more interesting points made in this article to me. The point Carr is trying to make is that because of the instant nature of the Internet, we have higher expectations of receiving information quickly. You can’t get information quickly by going to the library and reading through a 500-page book, and who would anymore with the godsends that are search engines? While I understand what Carr is trying to say, I certainly do not agree. To answer the question proposed in the title, no. I do not think that Google is making us stupider. Lazier, sure. But stupider? Certainly not. If anything, the Internet is making us more efficient as a society. Because of our high expectations of having things done in a quick and timely manner, I think the internet will help our society in the long run. If efficiency becomes more and more ingrained into future generations, imagine what could possibly get done in this world. Perhaps that wasn’t the strongest counterargument in this argument, but I stand by the Internet. It is quite possibly one of the greatest things that has happened to mankind. If reliance on the Internet coincides with level of intelligence, then I will happily proclaim myself an idiot.

  11. In class as we have read and discussed Born Digital and how Palfrey and Gasser believe modern technology will affect individual identity and privacy in young people. In Born Digital Palfrey and Gasser state “the information that today’s youth are placing into digital formats is easily accessed by anyone including people whom they do not know” however, that statement is true for both youth and adults. Many people young and old today place their entire lives on the internet and in their phones; this leads to them constantly having everything that they do become public. I think that Palfrey and Gasser are incorrect in saying that Digital Natives and Immigrants have different relationships to identity because, I feel that social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have provided many adults the same outlet as youth to create identities online. For example, plenty of adults post ten year old photos of themselves online to fool their former classmates into thinking they look better than they actually do in real life. How different is that from a teenager who says they like certain types of music, books, movies or television shows in order to fit a certain mold. Many adults would like to think that teenagers are much more willing to share their personal information when actually it is just that in our modern age the opportunity to broadcast everything about your life is readily available and such opportunity did not before the internet and therefore adults did not have the chance to do the same thing when they were young.
    I personally have mixed feelings about the information about me that is placed online. When it comes to social networking sites I am not very worried because I am not someone who would engage in activities that would portray me in a negative light. I also do not put very many details about myself on the internet and I try to make the best use possible of privacy settings on ever y social networking website I use. However, I do get concerned about information collected by websites that I use such as Google that use the information I put in to collect information on me. In his article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr states “The faster we surf across the web-the more pages we click and the pages we view- the more opportunities Google and other companies gain to collect information about us and to feed us advertisements” this kind of data collection makes me very uncomfortable when using the internet because I have absolutely no real idea who has this information about me, even if I delete my browsing history or even my search history Google or even other more powerful forces could probably go find that information and there is nothing I can do about it. This lack of privacy is what makes me so fearful of events taking place similar to Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother. Overall, I try and be discerning about my online identity and how it can be perceived by others.

  12. The thought provoking article Born Digital, written by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, brings up a rather compelling question that is drilled into one’s mind throughout the entire text. This extravagant question is simply what does it mean to be a “Digital Native?” In my honest opinion, not only does being a digital native mean to be born after the internet was introduced, but also that a Digital Native has a more complex variety of advantages and disadvantages with their reorganization of their personal and social identities on the internet. According to the text, a young woman in the Agrarian age was not capable of changing her personal and social identities within her community. As Palfrey and Gasser portrayed the members of the community in the article, “They could set eyes on her, and they based their judgments of who she was on what they saw. She expressed her identity through her dress, her manner of speaking, and her treatment of those with whom she came into contact.” In order for the young woman to obtain another identity she would then have to move onto another community farther away. While people still have their own views about another’s outward appearance, however, the way a native portrays him or herself through the internet is a prominent way for members of the community to perceive who they think they are. Regardless of the endless counts of digital natives in the world, there are many who are known as “Digital Immigrants. “ These immigrants do not experience their own relationship with their identity the same as a digital native because they inhabited into the technological atmosphere around them, while a native was automatically brought into it. As Gasser and Palfrey exclaimed one of the big differences between Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants is, “that the information that today’s youth are placing into digital formats is easily accessed by anyone, including people whom they do not know.” The information that one can put online may appear to be harmless, but however it is highly dangerous. After hearing a lecture in my high school on how college recruiters are able to look one up online easily, I began to worry about how I was being represented on the internet. Also, just because there are many people who engage in social networking sites, does not mean that one is safe through numbers. For example, Gasser and Palfrey wrote, “A standard profile lists the blogger’s first name, age, interests, the Live Journal groups he or she is part of, and links to the blogger’s Myspace and Photobucket pages, where personal information can be found.”
    In the beginning of Cory Doctorow’s novel for teens, Little Brother, San Francisco is bombed by terrorists. This action guides the reader to begin to think about the negativity of privacy laws and civil rights after the bombing occurred. Throughout this book I am thoroughly intrigued by Doctorow’s portrayal of shocking advanced technology and on his knowledge of programming techniques. Even though the technology that Doctorow uses in his novel is rather advanced, that technology is based on real-world devices that are being used today. Intriguingly, Cory Doctorow provides detailed paragraphs on programming techniques that one can use. For instance, he goes into extraordinary depth on his knowledge of cryptography. According to Doctorow, “The math behind crypto is good and solid, and you and me get access to the same crypto that banks and the National Security Agency use. There’s only one kind of crypto that anyone uses: crypto that’s public, open and can be deployed by anyone. That’s how you know it works.” Moreover, not only do I feel that Doctorow gives astounding in depth knowledge on programming techniques, but I believe that Cory Doctorow also portrays the Homeland Security in an honest light. After the terrorist’s attacks on September 11th, there was an automatic panic response. The government gained rights that gave them complete control over any American citizen. It is obvious that Doctorow is an antagonist against the Homeland Security in his novel and in real life. He uses Little Brother as a tool to take it to the highest degree to show teens our limitations within society. In all honesty I perceive teen hacker, Marcus Yallow’s motivations to be extremely inspiring. Marcus main argument against the Homeland Security is that an American has their own right to their own privacy. In class Marcus helps prove his point by quoting a very well known document, The Declaration of Independence. His reasoning for quoting this document was, “Because it seems to me that the founders of this country said that the governments should only last for so long as we believe that they’re working for us, and if we stop believing in them, we should overthrow them.” I believe that Marcus Yallows is correct and I honestly believe that if there were more teens like Marcus in our country today, then there would more bountiful hope for our country.

  13. In John Palfrey and Urs Gasser’s Born Digital, they talk about how we live in a world where we can change out identity and be anyone who we want on the internet. They also get into safety things about how we should be careful about the things we put on the internet. Me, personally, do engage in the networking sites. Sometimes the information that I put does get taken out of context and is portrayed as something other than what I mean for it to mean. I never think about safety or anything of that nature. I wouldn’t even say it’s a safety in numbers thing because that honestly doesn’t mean anything. The information that is put on the internet shouldn’t be taken as seriously as some people may take it. People lie about who they are all the time about things like age, sex, gender, occupation and even their names. I feel that safety is important only if it comes to the point of being a site for work or school and if outsiders can access those websites than I feel that’s when safety should be a major thing and the website should be monitored. When it comes to social networks it’s a different story. Most of the adults in my family barely even know how to work facebook. My mom has a touchscreen phone that she still doesn’t know how to use. That shows how more advanced this generation is more tech savvy than the “digital immigrants”. I like being online than the real world because in real life I am more shy, quiet, and reserved, but on the internet I am more out there and outspoken and aggressive. I can be the person who I want to be and not who I really am. That’s why I don’t take the things I see on the internet serious because I know that half the time I am playing around with different personalities and identies.

  14. I sometimes feel bad because my mother can’t even turn on a computer, and I am on it 24/7! But that just goes to show you the difference in intelligence (I kid!) I meant the difference between tech savy “digital natives” and tech nada “digital immigrants”. I see the rise in technology as a good thing, and “digital foreigners” need to catch up! It is the 21st century! Ain’t nobody use typewriters no mo’!

    I personally don’t worry about the information that I post online because many of the people that I know don’t read my blogs (or my Facebook) anyway, (apparently, I’m not that important..lol), But if it did come out that someone other than my family and friends would happen to write me up after reading one of my blogs or whatnot, I wouldn’t really care because 1) I don’t know that person so he/she can’t compare my online and offline personalities and 2) my address is not listed and I live in a big city. Also, I tend to post things that embarrases other ppl or shows how embarrasesd I am for our society as a whole (i.e. Justin Beiber fans acting a mess on YouTube or ridiculous news outlets like The Onion) – nothing too incriminating about my private life. But of course there are pervs who would do ‘who knows what’ if they did get a chance to meet me, but notice that those kiddos or young women who get left for dead at the side of the road after meeting someone online provided clues about themselves (and were too naive/desperate to take the risk). Yes, my personality came out a little after each status update or whatever, but there are millions of people worldwide who use sites like Facebook or MySpace, and many of them have similar personalities. According to the article Born Digital, by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser, “From the perspective of a Digital Native, identity is not broken up into online and offline identities, or personal and social identities.” In other words, the personality that my family and friends says I have, is the same persona I am online. In a way I agree and disagree. For most people, I will agree that this may in fact be true, but I am one exception. Offline, I am more shy and reserved and chill. But online, I am more blunt and expressive of my opinions, but not so far apart that I would say that I have split personalities though.

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