On The Internet, Everyone Wants You To Know They're A Dog
from the woof,-woof dept
The famous cartoon from the New Yorker pointed out that "on the internet, no one knows you're a dog," as a way of highlighting the supposed anonymity of the internet. While online anonymity often turns out to be less anonymous than people believe, Michael Kinsley has written up a column at his old stomping ground, Slate, pointing out that it often seems like the hot trend online is the opposite of anonymity. That is, people use the internet for its exhibitionist qualities -- and that trend has only grown stronger over time. He talks about the trend from basic personal websites to social networking to new tools that let you broadcast exactly what you're doing all the time. For many people, the internet seems to be empowering in the fact that it allows them to get rid of the anonymity, in part by assuming that someone, somewhere, actually cares about who you are and what you're doing right this very minute.