Friedman and Gilmore Explain It All!
Web Audio/Podcasting Project
Because social networking has become a nearly ubiquitous aspect of contemporary life, it seemed appropriate to analyze Clive Thomson’s “I’m So Totally, Digitally Close to You (Brave New World of Digital Intimacy)”, which aims to explain our attraction to Facebook and Twitter. Our group was made up of two members with different degrees of social media use: Gilmore is an avid tweeter and Facebook user, while Friedman merely has a Facebook account. This difference provided a useful way of discussing the issues at hand. Gilmore presented some benefits of social networking sites and Friedman challenged a few of the assumptions surrounding their use.
Our podcast addresses a few important questions: How do social networking sites affect us? What is ambient awareness? What is the value of having many acquaintances?
We hope you enjoy it!
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Ratatat. “Wildcat.” XL Recordings, 2006. MP3.
Thompson, Clive. “I’m So Totally, Digitally Close to You (Brave New World of Digital Intimacy).” New York Times 05 Sep. 2008. 25 Feb. 2010 <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/magazine/07awareness-t.html>.
Falling sound courtesy of http://www.marchgettogether.com/SoundEffects/FreeSounds.html
All ridiculous voices courtesy of Gilmore.