The Internet, which connects us to each other in ways that were pretty unimaginable to most people a century ago, has become a totally casual part of daily life. Itâ€™s changed so much: from the way we do business to the way we unlock our front doors. But itâ€™s also changed the way we see ourselves and our relationships to other people. We live in a time when even children are able to use social media to juggle a front-facing, personal brand with their imperfect, true selves; and when a small gaffe could bring the rage of hundreds of thousands of strangers into your life.
So I wanted to take a step back and ask, how did things get this way? And does the Internet have to be like this? First, youâ€™ll hear from Dr. Alice Marwick, an expert on social media and online privacy, on what happens when a person becomes a meme. Then youâ€™ll hear from Helen Rosner, the food reporter for the New Yorker, on how getting really into Internet humor and irony as a teen colored the way she connects with people now. We hope you enjoy the show!
- For more on #PlaneBae and that â€œdigital age cautionary tale,â€� check out this piece on Reappropriate.
- Hereâ€™s Ijeoma Oluoâ€™s story about how she was silenced by Facebook
- Read Helen Rosnerâ€™s take on her viral roast chicken story at the New Yorker.
- Whatâ€™s a â€œfinstaâ€� again? Check out this piece on the social media phenomenon.