I was intrigued by a reference to Boon and Sinclair (2009) in Sian’s paper so went off and read it.
This bit caught my eye:
Facebook user profiles are obvious constructs: there is truth in them, but invariably artifice as well. Thus, to some, these digital selves become fractured, confused reflections of a person, never wholly unreal, [...]
I was just reading Hand (2008) and pondering how:
Power in digital culture indexes an increasing tendency toward the total surveillance and administration of society, now conducted through globally gathered and sorted digital information. The results of this will paradoxically be greater insecurity, an intense amplification of existing social divisions, and the consumerization of democratic citizenship. [...]
Hand, M (2008) Hardware to everywhere: narratives of promise and threat, chapter 1 of Making digital cultures: access, interactivity and authenticity. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp 15-42.
Hand’s ‘dystopian narrative’ seems be one where new technologies provide government and big corporations an increasing level of access to your life and data. What he didn’t mention is the other [...]