I was reading Danah Boyd's latest post in which she muses on the ways that the "public performance" of our lives in socially networked spaces change the "reality" of our experiences. I love the quote with which she begins her post and it makes me wonder if this isn't what makes the Web 2.0 world go ‘round:
"The presence of others who see what we see and hear what we hear assures us of the reality of the world and ourselves." -- Hannah Arendt
Like the Velveteen rabbit . . . people all “esforzandose” to ensure that their desire to “become real” is fulfilled.
Leads to all sorts of interesting questions . . . who do we spend our time talking with in “real” life? Are those people different from the folks we spend time with “virtually?” Are our goals for both sets of relationships the same, or do they meet different needs? Are there people who play in both worlds who aren’t so interested in being heard by the world at large, but rather, are content for a small minority of a chosen few to “witness their worlds” . . . and if so, why is that?
Sigh. Probably another conversation I'll never have . . .