Posts Tagged ‘ network ’

Friend Stats, May 23, 2010

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Useful information to archive for future analysis….
These are thumbnail images that were created by using 1) Friend Wheel, and 2) Friend Sets, both are Facebook Games that you can add to your profile. The applications arrange all of your FB connections into visualizations. I think they should be categorized under Applications instead of Games, but then again, maybe that’s because I haven’t found a use for any of the other FB games.

I am actually glad that I am not a game person today because it seems I will do anything on Fbook in order to avoid writing my paper. Remember how I told you that I had severe procrastination problems? Well, sometimes I will unconsciously/consciously structure my procrastination so that I am still productive, just not on the task that I am supposed to be doing. This explains why my posts to Postself have been more frequent this past week….and (fingers crossed) why I will be making fewer posts over this next week (please hold me to it!!!)

“You have to be somebody before you can share yourself”

:: Inspired by Calvin’s Schrag’s book The Self After Postmodernity, I am in pursuit of a philosophy of The Self After Facebook. For the autobiographical tone of this pursuit, I am indebted to Tom Sherman‘s Before and After the I-Bomb: An Artist in the Information Environment. I recently found out about another book that might be to my liking called, You Are Not a Gadget, by Jaron Lanier. I LOVE the UK edition front cover (see above). I’d like a poster of it for my office wall.

:: I’ve been thinking more about the social and interactive aspect of networks the past couple of days. Hannah Arendt (1958) wrote that “the subject appears and exists only in relation to others,” specifically through our actions and words – who you are is disclosed through your words and deeds. To examine the networked self, we need to not forget about the social behaviors of others, and of the network at large. To understand the post-Facebook “self” we need to understand the “social” in social media. The postself exists not merely through self-interpretation but through relations with others on/with/in the web. The internet has been described as a place where people engage in identity work, and an important arena for inquiry into the production of postmodern selves (Broad & Joos, 2004). The internet has evolved into a place/space for human interaction with social media. What is “social” about social media? (see Ron Burnett’s blog in the previous link for a good overview) What makes it more than a collection of individual actions?


from Within the Flickering web

“I feel this visual design (of television) has been carried over to the world wide web where the entire animated computer screen has become one image in itself, pulling its users in all sorts of directions analogous to the aesthetics of channel surfing.” (see Interrupting the Program; May, 2000)

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I now immerse my self in the web aesthetics of the social network to be exposed to the collective experience. I then work within the structure of this blog, rather than separating myself from the artistic restrictions of the online system. I choose to embrace and utilize the technical limitations of the program, perhaps to encourage more critical awareness of the network itself…from within rather than from the outside looking in. I move constantly back and forth between the giving of myself over to the process of becoming (Munster, 2001) and the self/critical reflection I pursue. There is constant danger of losing my self to the flickering (Hayles, 1993) rhythm of this powerful digital medium….

Filtering Immediacy & Chat Anxiety

Half an hour after hitting the button, I receive my first “message”…and one that contained a request, a commitment, of which I needed to respond to immediately. This was not a good sign for my resistant self and the loner within, however, it was exciting and flattering for the ego. Someone cares that I’ve entered the network! And, a message….well, that’s much more effort than a comment on my Wall. Maybe the extreme isolation and loneliness I have felt over the past couple of weeks of writing and grading hell will be comforted by being accepted into this online community. Instantaneous virtual contact….no more of that measly email communication for me! Will Facebook messaging become my more ‘public’ method for virtual relationships, providing easy links to recent online observations I’ve made? Will email function as a more ‘private’ and, perhaps serious, form of contact?

The morning after…
At the beginning of another day of balancing work and research within multiple windows across my two digital screens, an unfamiliar sound alerted me to the fact of something I had missed in all of my Facebook preparation. The online chat filter. I could not avoid it, this would go against my Manifesto. Plus, it was my twelve year old niece who lives 5,000 km away…how could I leave that one unanswered. We had a nice chat and I did feel more ‘connected’. Fortunately it happened at a time where I wasn’t feeling stressed with deadlines, a time where I could actually enjoy the encounter. But right when we ended our chat, I made myself invisible in the Facebook chat. I was already aware of my need to control these technological options. I’m not against chatting, I just like to be able to mentally prepare.…the same way it took me five years to mentally prepare for FB 🙂

Introduction: Selfpost | Postself

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Postself is one component to the art project Selfpost | Postself.
I will use this blog to document and reflect upon my relationship to the online networks that I exist within, specifically the network of all social networks – Facebook. Although I became very aware of Facebook when it first emerged on the internet, I have been observing the behaviors of its subjects and analyzing social implications from afar. To fully understand the implications Facebook has on one’s sense of self, and the impact of digital space and time on the human psyche, I have decided to enter this space as myself; I have decided to “selfpost.” Expecting myself to emerge and transform throughout this experience, I intend to document this experience here. I intend to examine the “postself,” and to explore questions about self/selves after Facebook….how selves respond to the digital medium that surrounds us in contemporary culture…a philosophy of the self in an age of social networks.
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Read the project Manifesto here >

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