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Thursday, July 30, 2009




This is a really strong piece - you've given me so much to think about. I have to say I'm all for sharing vacation/kid/baby photos - that's probably my favorite thing about FB and other media - the ability to be there virtually. I don't think it's a substitute for real in-person contact, but that's not always feasible even with people who are close by, let alone friends (and even acquaintances) who live hundreds or thousands of miles away. Wonder if the age of "over-sharing" has made Putnam's "Bowling Alone" thesis a thing of the past. I don't think so because I think there are still big distinctions between online relationships and "real" day-to-day communities and relationships, but I do think technology helps nurture and sustain those "real" contacts. Thanks, again!

Dan Lyke

Yeah! Bring on the vacation and kid photos! (And I say that as someone who has neither a kid nor a 2009 summer vacation of any substance).

Because I follow Lyn's pictures and Twitter feed, I feel a stronger connection to her child than I do to my nephews of similar age.

I also think that there's this willingness to believe that the net is opening up new things when it really isn't. I was recently appointed to some local political function, and a friend on Facebook looked at the town web site and said "wow, they published your phone number and everything!". Well, yeah, and 5 years ago we had this thing called "the white pages" and people would have been able to find all of that information there.

Similarly, we used to share slide shows and albums of photos of our trips. Why, when this stuff is moved to the computer, do we suddenly view it as novel and a privacy risk?

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