I know it has been a while since my last post… I apologize for that. However, as compensation, this blog post will be something that most of you can relate to.
This week in class we looked at the virtual world. We discussed Jean Baudrillard famous work of Simulacra and Simulations. Baudrillard claims that we live in a simulation, making us question what is “real”. Today, our virtual world is blurring the line between what is “real” and what is “virtual”. People are living lives in the “virtual” world and are essentially giving it power to determine what is “real”.
This automatically made me think of Facebook. These days Facebook has so much power that it is sometimes ridiculous how much we rely on it for “information”—I say that in quotations marks because not everything on Facebook is trustworthy. We post so much of ourselves on Facebook, socially important information that is, that it almost seems like a “real” representation. However, we must keep in mind that this is just a simulation of ourselves and is not as “real” as we like to believe it is. Today, we say things like “Its not official, until its Facebook official”. WHEN DID FACEBOOK GAIN THIS POWER TO DETERMINE WHAT IS REAL AND WHAT IS NOT!? What better example to use then ones relationship status on Facebook. Some people actually believe that if a relationship is “real” it will say so on Facebook. Here we see that people are defining themselves through their second life- in this case Facebook.
Why do we feel so compelled to share our personal lives on Facebook (FB)? Why do we want people ONLINE to know who we are dating, where we went on vacation and so on. The content on FB is being seen as the “real” you more than the actual “real” you.
Facebook is an online world - a second life rather. It does not and cannot encompass who we are truly, because we SELECTIVELY share information about ourselves, and represent only what we WANT to be shown. That being said, there is serious blur between our real lives and our FB lives. FB is being held accountable as an accurate representation of who you are- scary I know. So when there is an inconsistency between who you are in “real” life and in FB life, people question you.
When did the Internet gain all this power to tell us who we are and who we aren’t?
I would love to hear your feedback on this subject matter.