Digital Verigo

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Over the summer I read the book #digitalvertigo by Andrew Keen. In this book keen addresses how in todays society social media is isolating, destroying and disorienting us. In todays world there are so many different types of social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. As Keen stated, “32 percent of fifty- to sixty- four-year-olds in America are accessing social media networks on a daily basis” (30). As a result of this outbreak in social media amongst all ages, our generation has given up the concept of privacy, time, and mental composite. After reading this book my views on social media have changed drastically about what I do and how I expose myself to the world. As people in todays generation are wasting more and more of their time online their concept of privacy is rapidly lessening. Have you ever thought to yourself, “ Was that status or picture I just posted acceptable?” Today we post the most ridiculous things about what were doing, whom we are with, where we are, and what were even eating. We have the concept set in our minds that every one of our “friends” needs to know what were doing at every given moment. Once we post something about ourselves on a social media site its literally there forever. Sure you might be able to delete the post for a brief time but it still doesn’t mean it was deleted from people’s minds forever. As keen said “Visibility,” Foucault warned, “is a trap” (21). This quote expresses his views upon privacy in the world and shows how having us reveal ourselves to the world is a disaster waiting to happen. For example some people don’t have the social media sites they participate in on private. As a result, every and anyone can see what your doing and what your posting. Has the idea of having more likes on pictures, more friends on Facebook, or having more followers on twitter changed our knowledge about…...

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