My private public life.
The anonymity of the internet supposedly offers us the ability to on the one
hand expose ourselves, while on the other to remain very distant, unattainable.
My brother in law has, for instance, collected what he calls masks,
examples of exhibitionists who seem more than willing to display their bodies
on the web, but choose to mask their faces through various digital methods.
And this suggests a general trend - a willingness to tell almost everything
about ourselves as long as we maintain a strict separation between our online
and our offline identities. This suggests that the important point isn't necessarily
that we're different people on the web, but that different people know about
us. Or in other words: Do we really want our mothers reading our web sites?
About half a year ago I linked to this wonderful
spoof from The Onion. Since then the article
has either been archived or removed from the Onion site, but a number of people
who apparently liked it as much as I did saved and posted copies. So today,
Mom Finds Out About Blog can be found here,
Go to: Mother Night on the web.