Saturday, January 24, 2015
"[P]roduction in social media is often sold to users of these platforms as self-expressive creativity, as self-discovery, as an elaboration of the self even, but it is really a narrowing of the self to the reductive, defensive aim of getting recognition, reassurance of one’s own existence, that one belongs. That kind of 'creativity' may crowd out the more antisocial kind that may entail reclusion, social disappearance, indifference to reputation and social capital, to being someone in particular in a network. Self-invention in social media that is perpetually in search of 'feedback' is really just the production of communication, which gives value not to the self but to the network that gets to carry more data (and store it, and sell it)."

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