"it feels important to remind ourselves, at this point, that facebook, our new beloved interface with reality, was designed by a harvard sophomore with a harvard sophomore’s preoccupations. what is your relationship status? (choose one. there can be only one answer. people need to know.) do you have a “life”? (prove it. post pictures.) do you like the right sort of things? (make a list. things to like will include: movies, music, books and television, but not architecture, ideas, or plants.)
but here i fear i am becoming nostalgic. i am dreaming of a web that caters to a kind of person who no longer exists. a private person, a person who is a mystery, to the world and—which is more important—to herself. person as mystery: this idea of personhood is certainly changing, perhaps has already changed."
zadie smith: generation why?
[nablopomo 2010; 06/30]