You've got to read this

Like I Care. Fits with what we're talking about all too well. Does anyone else feel this way about the internet today? I might expand on this later...


Kinsley's article definitely expresses how the closeted egotists show their true colors as bloggers, and that social networking is a precise way to learn about people without really KNOWING them.

But I feel that on the other end of the spectrum, there are those who show their false personalities through sites such as MySpace. While the other popular networking site, Facebook, may have more limitations on information input, sites that give their users more freedom may allow the users to portray the person that they HOPE to be, rather than the person that they are.

The primary picture of each profile provide empirical evidence of users portraing who "they hope to be". I feel like the pictures are radio DJs who never look as cool as they sound.

Have you ever heard of the phrase, "A face for radio"?

Thanks for the help with the mental addition I seemed to have avoided.

This article is the opposite of what BenManTheEvil said in class. He said that blogging usually allowed people to express their introverted sides or personalities. Kinsey disagrees; according to him, people are apparently being very social constantly putting their faces out there on the web.

interesting; I've often felt a similar kind of "whaaat?" feeling about sites like Myspace due to privacy reasons but it makes a lot of sense. Sharing your interests online and meeting friends is fun. Is this particularly egotistical since it's in the public domain? As the author sort of implies, it depends on what you think the internet is supposed to be used for. Part of what we're looking at is how people are extending the more human parts of their lives into the internet and changing ideas about what you can do with a global information network. This is sort of an interesting idea to me; it seems like people are migrating parts of their lives into this big, abstract data thing. We all spend a lot of time online, but I hadn't really thought about it being as 'valid' in some sense as the time we spend in the 'real' word.

Defenitely there seems to be a little bitterness in the article, though; maybe someone feels a little left out of the party?