Social Anthropologist/Digital Strategist into music, digital culture, social technology & open innovation.
Co-founder of @MitteDigital.
I live in Oslo, Norway.

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Sherry Turkle: Alone Together — Identity and Digital Culture/

Nexus Masterclass 2011

The space in which we live, which draws us out of ourselves, in which the erosion of our lives, our time and our history occurs, the space that claws and gnaws at us, is also, in itself, a heterogeneous space. In other words, we do not live in a kind of void, inside of which we could place individuals and things. We do not live inside a void that could be colored with diverse shades of light, we live inside a set of relations that delineates sites which are irreducible to one another and absolutely not superimposable on one another.
In cyberspace identity plays a role that is of a different nature then what we are used to in physical space. In a very simple manner of presentation I would say that a cyber-identity not only doesn’t push us away from the ‘real’ our cyber-identities are the means and tools for extending our semantic multiplicities, our multiple personas, meaningful personas, into the electronic light. In other words cyber identity is a process of opening up, of liberating a set of traits and characteristics that is already there or is in the process of developing that has or had no other means of exposing itself to critical thought or reflection.
Privacy was a big issue a decade ago. Today, people are more worried about reputation. We tested people with future scenarios, such as if your smart television could update your Facebook page about what you’re watching. No one liked it. People said things like, “My girlfriend put the show on and left the room” or “I’ve only ever watched it once”. We talk about the content we watch as part of who we are. One of the biggest anxieties we have about these technologies is that they reveal what we’re really up to - what dreadful dorks we are.