Monday, February 23, 2004

Another topic that I would like to discuss from Rheingold was the amount of personal sharing on the virtual community. Was anyone else as surprised as I was at how much these people knew about each other's lives, all from posting to the WELL? The story of Gabe's leukemia, Elly's trip and illness, and Blair's suicide were all so detailed, Rheingold could say he KNEW them, even though most of their discourse was online. How much can you share with someone online, someone who you don't know as anything more than a screenname? At what point are you giving out too much information? How does this relate to the proliferation of online dating services (i.e. match.com and now, Friendster) that we see today?

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