Mar 11, 2010 Comments Off
-I agree that the man has a reason to be upset that the woman is basically posting an online diary. Though it probably doesn’t get much traffic, personal thoughts should not be posted for the entire online community to read.
-The doctor staff later makes the point that people leave small towns because everybody knows everything. The internet is making the entire world a smaller place, especially because of social networking sites. I’ve heard my roommate tell me many times that “Facebook is boring today”, meaning she is bored by everything that is on her mini feed. This is just evidence that her connections are getting smaller and smaller, having the same small town effect.
-The patient has an obvious addiction to the Internet, something that we’ve discussed in regard to virtual communities. What she writes online is not okay because she does not say it out loud. She can’t write that she believes her doctor is condescending just because she doesn’t think he will read her blog. This type of thing could probably be considered slander to a person’s reputation.
-It’s incredible how quickly the patient’s blog reached places like Singapore. It just proves the small town theory in that everybody knows everything about everybody. Also, it shows that people can make friends around the world just be blogging. However, I still think it’s creepy that people know everything about people they have never met before. The patient affirms one of the points made by one of the authors in that she is more open in chat rooms then with her real life boyfriend. She goes too far when she puts a question of her life to those who read her blog rather than with her boyfriend. She has issues if she can’t be honest when simply speaking.
-The patient has created a “digital self” in that she cares only about how many hits her blog gets. It seems like she is more concerned with her digital reputation than her relationships in the real world. This is shown when she won’t talk about how she’s feeling with one of her friends in the room who has to figure out how she feels through her blog. Like I’ve said, she’s definitely taken it too far when she is constantly updating about her condition in the hospital, especially when she won’t talk to her boyfriend about it. It’s bad when she says she doesn’t know what he’s thinking about just because he doesn’t have a blog.