When I describe Watwet to friends and acquaintances they often are puzzled or dismissive. Why would anyone be interested in receiving mundane updates on their mobile from a wide circle of friends? What’s the point.
Well, it’s this and other questions about the new tools of social networking that are being address in an excellent New York Times article: Brave New World of Digital Intimacy. Also note the article’s amazing illustration by Peter Cho.
These tools are not just silly things used by tee agers, as many 30-somethings and 40-somethings assume. Perhaps it is the human answer to the the de-socialized realities brought about by the 20th century. Are we experiencing the rise of a neo-intimacy that brings back the social awareness of village life?
One of the most amazing statements the article makes is about cyberspace and identity. At the dawn of the internet age, it was common to say that on the net no one knew that you’re a dog. With the proliferation of cameraphones, Facebook and other technologies, this statement has been turned upside down: on the net EVERYONE knows you’re a dog!
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