DATE: 2/05/2004 09:44:00 AM
Your Assignment for Today
Your assignment for today is to read this incredible article, "My So-Called Blog", written for The New York Times Magazine, that looks at teen blogging from a sociological perspective. It's a funny, wry, touching, insightful piece.
For many in the generation that has grown up online, the solution is not to fight this technological loss of privacy, but to give in and embrace it: to stop worrying and learn to love the Web. It's a generational shift that has multiple roots, from Ricki Lake to the memoir boom to the A.A. confessional, not to mention 13 seasons of ''The Real World.'' The teenagers who post journals have (depending on your perspective) a degraded or a relaxed sense of privacy; their experiences may be personal, but there's no shame in sharing. As the reality-television stars put it, exposure may be painful at times, but it's all part of the process of ''putting it out there,'' risking judgment and letting people in. If teen bloggers give something up by sloughing off a self-protective layer, they get something back too -- a new kind of intimacy, a sense that they are known and listened to. This is their life, for anyone to read. As long as their parents don't find out.
And you know where I found it? I finally decided to click on one of those Google links up above, there. So don't count those things out just yet.