Thursday, August 7, 2008

Public is the new Private

Let’s face it, conversations that used to be conducted through private e-mail exchanges are now posted for all to see on Facebook walls. Clothing that used to simply imply “I’m better than you” now actually says “I’m better than you”.

It’s gotten out of hand. For my generation, sharing information is no big deal. I no longer hesitate when I type my phone number and detailed plans for the evening on social networking sites. In fact, sending information through private channels has become unheard of, even out of style. The last time I gota Facebook message (the equivalent to an e-mail), I expected it to be SUPER juicy, since only I would be able to access it. I thought the message would at least include a social security number, or perhaps a dirty comment about a backstabbing friend. Instead, the message was just a simple “what’s up” – this secretive “hello” almost offended me. I mean, who sends a hello message and doesn’t make it public? When wallposts that say things like “I went to this show last night and got so drunk, and then I hooked up with some hot guy named Jake and we spent 14 dollars at the hookah bar on Mission…” what’s left to send as a private message?


Trampspocket said...

Good job! This story is a true reflection of how people are attempting to achieve social acceptability.

Gone are the days that people must meet the trends fashionably, now people MUST be perceived in a certain way online.

We need to regain a sense of self worth and actualisation.

Ms Silverman got her point across well. Wise beyond her years. well published

Nicole said...
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Anonymous said...

Dear Lauren Silverman,

I was greatly stunned and offended by your recent article on the harvest of Cordyceps Sinensis. By the title of your article, you have misinformed the actual use of it and led to a lot of Chinese culture defamation and libel comments, which seemed to focus on Asian/Chinese cultural craze about aphrodisiac.

I am sure you have researched on this topic before publishing it, but I do not believe the research was extensive enough. As a reporter, you are a bridge to connect events around the world to the audience. I am pretty sure if you had inquired any trained and certified Chinese herbal doctors about the function of Cordyceps Sinensis, it being an aphrodisiac would not be on the list. Cordyceps Sinensis is also not known among the Chinese people to be an aphrodisiac.

I'm writing here only to ask for a more extensive research with the people who actually prescribe, use or buy the herbal medicine, not to use the words of a second-hand information from an outsider, such as Eric Hansen.

If your report were true, I would not have written you this. But knowing that it has misinformed and created false cultural image, I thought writing to you is an adequate action.


Nicole Tseng