Twitter changing the world?

Have you considered the wider sociological implications of using Twitter? New York Times columnist Peggy Orenstein says it has changed the way she interacts with the world.

Discussing how she shared a moment with her daughter, she found that she was torn between enjoying it and fighting the urge to break off and share it with her followers.

Inferring sociologist Erving Goffman’s theory that “all of life is performance” she adds: “Twitter has extended that metaphor to include aspects of [life] considered off-set.

“When friends become fans, what happens to intimacy?” she asks. Somebody might have to tell Orenstein that tweeting is not compulsory.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 246 of Media Digest.

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