Clive Thompson, journalist & blogger May 27, 2009Posted by larry in Uncategorized.
Tags: blogging, Clive Thompson, Cooley, Facebook, Goffman, role theory, science journalism, Twitter, Uncategorized
If you haven’t encountered Clive Thompson before, you have a treat in store. He is principally a science, technology, and culture journalist for NY Magazine, Wired and other publications. His blogs can be found on my blogroll, but an interview from a little over a year ago can be watched via reportr.net: http://reportr.net/2008/02/19/video-clive-thompson-on-blogging/. He has a number of interesting things to say about blogging and how it might aid in stimulating the creativity and organization of your thoughts.
Check him out if what he does and says seems of interest to you.
This is Thompson on Facebook & Twitter – http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/magazine/07awareness-t.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all. However, I do not completely agree with his conclusion that the person you see most clearly is yourself. I would characterize the situation rather this way: that the person you see most clearly is the person you have prepared others, including yourself, to see.
You might actually, as a consequence of incessant preparation, see yourself less clearly than before. In a certain sense, you are programming yourself and others. We do this throughout life, but this is highly intense and possibly more continuous. Unless you take deliberate steps, you may have nowhere to hide, except perhaps from yourself.
Erving Goffman, the role theorist for whom social interaction was like theater, and Charles H. Cooley, devisor of the concept of the looking-glass self, might easily have seen Facebook and Twitter functioning simultaneously as a looking-glass by means of which you continually adjust your presentation and as the theater in which you are almost constantly “on show”.