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Tue Nov 3 12:16:16 PST 2009

I feel it's our getting acclimatized to these virtual facets of  
ourselves, these 'new selves', that is the genesis of this  
cyberidentity crisis.

I believe we feel that face to face (in the physical) we have a  
complete control over our interaction with others. (OK, except perhaps  
for those with Jewish mothers.)
But think of a communication as a data set. In technology we speak of  
'push' and 'pull' technology - data on instigation going in two  
separate directions. Same therein with physical communication - we  
have an underlying understanding of who we are as a 'self', and in the  
physical we have evolutionarily, societally, culturally, and  
psychologically come to understand 'separation'. And within that the  
ability to change the communication to push, pull, or null.

When we use technology to relay segments of ourselves, I think we  
become new facets of 'self'. So with any new technology, even say the  
telephone we had to create new ways of understanding our new self;  
it's humanness, it's rights, it's understanding of separation etc.  
 From these understandings come a culture, and then a cultural  
etiquette - but it starts with our being able to grasp these new  
facets of self. But, for example myself, I had to come to understand  
and integrate my physical self and being with my new telephonic facet  
of self and being in any push/pull/null communication when on the  
phone with my jewish mother

I think we just have yet to get used to understanding and then  
integrating the same ways of being of our physical selves with our new  
multiple virtual selves.


Sharon Greenfield
Digital Ethnographer
GC Research

On Nov 3, 2009, at 11:25 AM, Rhiannon Bury wrote:

> Suzanne has hit the nail on the head not so much about the blurring  
> of public vs private but about multiple identities. Remember the  
> scholarship and commentary from the mid to late 90's? (I'm thinking  
> Sherry Turkle in particular). ICTs (text-based back then) were  
> supposed to let us get in touch with our postmodern selves.  
> Cyberidentity was marked by fluidity and multiplicity. With FB, the  
> opposite is happening--we are presenting a fixed "one size fits all"  
> identity to a mixed audience. Someone else upthread said that she  
> maintains three Twitter feeds for that reason. I have a limited  
> profile of FB and keep it quite generic.
> Rhiannon

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