Category Archives: public

Social Media as a Brand

“Rather than asking themselves if the information to be shared is significant enough to be broadly publicized, they question whether it is intimate enough to require special protection. In other words, when participating in networked publics, many participants embrace a widespread public-by-default, private-through-effort mentality.” (Danah Boyd 62) It’s Complicated The statement “public-by-default” resonates with me […] Continue reading

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In Public but Unpublic

In It’s Complicated, boyd wrote: “there’s  a big difference between being in public and being public… mere participation in social media can blur these two dynamics.” I especially like the author’s analogy between a subway conversation and a social media post online. While both contents are in public, neither is being public. A subway conversation, while audible to those around, is meant to be […] Continue reading

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Genome sequencing: Public vs. Private

“Cracking the Code of Life,” a 2002 PBS special about the race for a complete sequencing of human genome information and the astounding implications for our health and society, is peppered with indications of outdatedness. From the prehistoric computers to the fact that the genome was finally mapped in full the year after “Code” aired, you […] Continue reading

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