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Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008 05:47 am
Thanks to Facebook, I'm connected to the indigenous peoples of Northern Canada

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drywbach
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Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)

I have Facebook. (It's useful at times, but I'm not very comfortable about it, not least because I'm a little concerned about the politics of the investors). I keep the profile pretty bland for the reason you mention about having normally distinct groups coming together there.

Even if you think you're fairly uncomplicated irl, you can end up having to compartmentalise your life online in order not to cause offline problems. I don't think it's paranoid, not when everything you say online remains crystalised, no matter how much you personally change and learn and grow. Something that seems natural, prudent and even considerate irl -- like, idk, not discussing sex or geeky/fannish subjects with certain friends (or with your boss!) -- suddenly becomes a devious act because, instead of simply not doing something in some situations, you may have to create a separate identity in order to carry on being something like yourself. Long term, perhaps it'll lead to less censorious, more realistic attitudes to human behaviour, but stand by for more stone-casting before then.

(I have this image in my mind of online communities of mostly pretty innocuous, even likeable, Mr and Ms Hydes talking to one another).


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