Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Misrepresentation or misinterpretation?
I feel like one of the biggest issues in participation by (especially younger) teens, is the idea of the on-line self versus their real self. All three of the articles talk about how users have the ability to create a profile, excluding and adding any parts of their life that they think will represent them. But in representing one's self online (just as in person) it's a two way street. Is there a bigger issue with online social sites with people misrepresenting themselves, or is there a greater change of misinterpretation? Is that even an issue at all? In real life there's plenty of room for both misrepresentation and misinterpretation, but I feel like online site are far more susceptible to inaccurate representations and interpretations?