- Discusses the “Birth of the Blog” and whether those participating are participating as journalists or diarists
- Identifies a problem with “diarists” as those who are blogging are “getting younger and younger” (24)
- Questions the strength of online connections stating that “Frew social network sties allow users to distinguish between close friends and mere acquaintances” (27)
- Idea that there will come a point when we’re unable to control how much or what information is online
- Steven Nock defines reputations as “a shared, or collective perception about a person” (30)
- Notions of fragmented reputations, which are often created by others
- Reputation as preserving social control – ensures accountability for actions and encourages people to adhere to social norms
- “Dubious data” – rumours circulating that have no foundation in truth but are none the less taken as fact
- Raises the question of how aware we are of the consequences when putting personal (or other) information online
- Blogs taking the place of physical diaries – this raises questions in our course about continuously linking technology to its predecessor instead of looking at it in an “isolated” way
- Gladwelll’s The Tipping Point – social epidemics, change arriving in one dramatic moment which is the tipping point
- Gladwell identifies people on social networks who are “connectors” – those who exist in multiple different social circles – also referred to as “super nodes” (hubs linking many clusters of people)
- Inherent link between trust and reputation – discusses the difficulty of trusting someone because of today’s tendency toward anonymity, but what about exploring digital/online reputations through creeping (Facebook creeping)?
- Revealing private facts when first getting to know someone can be distorting – Goffman suggests that “people need time to establish relationships before revealing secrets” (69)
- We expect our public selves to be more “buttoned up” than our private selves
- Issue of “cyber cops” (keyboard warriors?) and shaming
- Disruptions or perceived ignorance of norms can lead to shaming (dog poop girl, using too much free wifi)
- Shaming can help enforce norms/law, but can also cause alienation, and in some instances risk the development of an oppressive society
- Argument that shaming not necessary, tend to internalize norms on our own
See summary of Solove’s The Future of Reputation, chapters 5-8 here.
Solove, Daniel J. The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007. Print.