I came across a really interesting Guardian article today about the film 'The Social Network' and social networking in general.
It's a great read, and really got me thinking. A lot of the points it raises will be familiar to anyone who spends much time on this, or any other board (especially A6). Is social networking making us more wrapped up in our "own grievances and ambitions", and seeing the opinions and comments of others as "obstacles or stepping stones" to our own identity? I do think often people contribute to reinforce their own desired identity rather than to communicate with others and enhance their knowledge/understanding of other topics and opinions.
The idea of social networking turning us all into Jesse Eisenberg is a very funny yet scary though. Increasingly, I'm meeting people who remind me of him (or at least the persona he usually inhabits on screen). The idea of self assertion and 'status' updates becoming an essential part of your place in the social 'hierarchy' runs the risk of creating a lot of neurosis on future generations, I feel.
Then again, I can see the many advantages of it (bringing together communities, allowing greater communication and resources for discussion.)
Don't really have a solid opinion on this, but its very interesting. Anyone else got any thoughts? I'm not a big social networker, so would love to hear some other perspectives.