Brave New World of Digital Intimacy

Several acquaintances have mentioned, or e-mailed, or (appropriately enough) posted on Facebook this New York Times Magazine article from Sunday about Facebook, Twitter, and “ambient awareness.” A lot of it will be fairly old news to many readers here, and ground that I am sure will be covered more completely by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser’s brand new book, Born Digital (a shiny copy of which just arrived in the mail yesterday!), and obviously is even more carefully analyzed in a boatload of academic research. But for an MSM magazine article it does a very good job, and I will be circulating it to my family and friends as a primer on the tectonic shifts occurring in interpersonal communications, and thus in approaches to privacy, identity, and relationships.

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