Think for a moment about what the cumulative effects of a highly open, networked life might be. Facebook lives are lived under the constant scrutiny of others. We even internalise this, by thinking about how we might tweet an experience even as it is happening. Just as the desire to capture holiday moments on camera can stop you looking properly at what is in front of you, so the desire to share online could stop you seeing things simply from your own perspective.
The quote is from an interesting opinion column by Julian Baggini in the Belfast Telegraph. I had been thinking about this since listening to Sherry Turkle talk a bit about her upcoming book while I was at the Scratch conference. Professor Turkle had worded it a bit differently. She asked if we tweet what we live, or if we plan our lives just so we’ll have something interesting to tweet.
We worry about what we, our students, and our colleagues post online, but we usualy worry about reputations, identity theft, and cyberbullying. Maybe, as part of our efforts to impart new media literacy to students and educators, we should make people aware of the differences in perspective when we don’t share what we live, but instead we live to share.