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The Brave New World of Digital Intimacy

            "I'm so Totally, Digitally, Close to You: The Brave New World of Digital Intimacy "an article published in "Fields of Reading: Motives for Writing," written by Clive Thompson, a devoted writer for Writer and New York Times Magazine, captures the advantages and disadvantages of social media. Thompson describes how the development of social media has affected lives both positively and negatively. Thompson reveals how social media creates the image of a small-town life within modern city life ,in which, Thompson writes about how social media allows people to discover who they really are whether social media is beneficial to their lives or not. Thompson's article is effective because of wide range of credible interviews of social media developers and aggressive users of social media.
             With a large variety of social media users on Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more, have allowed modern day society to return back to historical times because of the development of microblogging (Thompson 591). With the development of microblogging, "you can't play with your identity if your audience is always checking up on you" says Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist at the University of Maryland. If the bond between the audience is weak is almost just a as beneficial to a strong bond, sociologists say that it expands your ability to solve problems because the weaker bond allows you to view things (Thompson 589). Social media has allowed people to expand their views in daily life, as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook states, "And at times that means stretching people and getting them to comfortable with things they aren't yet comfortable. A lot of this is just social norms catching with what technology is capable of." Within a "small town life" you are not able to hide yourself, everybody knows you and you know everybody, social media has created this through ambient awareness (Thompson 585).

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