6 Responses to Identifiers

  1. Josh says:

    This was great. Especially this line:

    “Facebook in no way wants our identities to be mutable, which used to be the point of using the Internet.”

  2. Deea Meek says:

    interesting. I suppose I just think of facebook as a helpful but overall meaningless (in itself) tool which helps lead to more meaningful connections and opportunities for me personally. In that way, I appreciate that it’s dumbed down. I like it simple and efficient so I can spend the meat of my time on the fun/creative/expressive stuff. At it’s worst, it’s a huge time wasting, water my farm piece of junk, but at it’s best (for me) it’s a great way to stay connected to friends and share what is interesting to me at the time. I really just see it as it’s own breed of blog or journal. I suppose the advertising on the sides is annoying but I’ve got the mother block out thing going strong now, so fortunately I don’t notice a lot of annoyances;-) I liked your links to the facebook articles and Scalzi’s blog too. Plus, I always have a couple new vocab words to look up after I read your blog. I appreciate the continuing education you provide me with:-)

    • Jefferson Robbins says:

      Yeah, I don’t see Facebook as either the Ultimate Evil it’s portrayed as, or the end-form of the Internet’s evolution. Like I said, it’s a big sea, and anybody wants to swim around Zuckerberg can do so. But this argument about online identity, and the ways Facebook tries to extract “openness” from its users without them necessarily knowing what’s up, raises a lot of questions. I use my own name on FB, but I know a lot of people who don’t, and shouldn’t have to if they don’t want to.

  3. Rikki says:

    Is it so bad to think of people as their Twitter handles? Because I do that.

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