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D. Henschen
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8/28/2014 | 12:27:56 PM
PC police are watching what you say
I guess the point here is that not only are people conscious of what they would say on Facebook, etc., they're also conscious that friends (or acquaintances) could repeat what they said on a social network. Another way to say this is that people who are aware of the power of social networks are more careful about what they say. Maybe that's not such a bad thing.
kstaron
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8/28/2014 | 4:04:41 PM
Not social media, just social
I'm not sure if this has much to do with social media as it does with general social behavior. If people consider their followers as acquaintances or even not so close friends they will be less likely to 'rock the boat' with a different opinion. As social creatures we try to get along and if we think our thoughts will be shouted down we have the tendency to keep them to ourselves which is not always a bad thing, but neither is it always a good thing.
tzubair
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8/28/2014 | 5:00:48 PM
Society.
I think it is natural behavior of people to identify with the popular opinions. This trend is not only reflected on facebook but it happens in society. Those who share the views of the minority feel apprehensive about sharing their opinions as a long line of internet-warriors may pounce upon them or they just may not choose to speak in fear of their close circle.
David F. Carr
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8/28/2014 | 5:21:53 PM
Re: PC police are watching what you say
Or social media just makes us aware of a bigger audience watching everything we do and say.
asksqn
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8/28/2014 | 5:26:39 PM
A little education goes a long way
Worried about surveillance?  Stop using Google search and plain vanilla gmail and start using, instead, PGP, TOR, DuckDuckGo and start reading EFF regularly. BTW this site would not post this comment unless I removed the links to the above referenced.

 
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/28/2014 | 6:26:14 PM
Social media and identity
I can see how people get worn down by making contrarion points on social media and getting widely dissed (or observing that happening a lot), and it starts to make them more cautious in real-life interactions.

But I also see quite the opposite on Facebook. Lots of people perpetuating a contrived "my life is awesome" image while their friends over-praise them for every vacation picture or inspirational quote, thus making them more bold and confident in person than they should be.

Either way, social media is shaping how we express ourselves offline.
Thomas Claburn
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8/28/2014 | 7:51:06 PM
Re: Social media and identity
>Lots of people perpetuating a contrived "my life is awesome" image while their friends over-praise them for every vacation picture or inspirational quote, thus making them more bold and confident in person than they should be. 

Facebook seems to have a lot of that. 
Laurianne
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8/29/2014 | 8:44:31 AM
Re: Social media and identity
The endless inspirational quotes. Please don't encourage that person. On Facebook or Twitter.
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8/29/2014 | 9:15:16 AM
Here's to Anonymity Online
I recall when my local paper, Florida Today, married its online comments to Facebook. Previously, readers could log-on separately (or via Facebook), allowing them to create pseudonyms before sharing their thoughts on local news stories, politics, and other divisive issues. Now, we have to link to our Facebook pages. I have no idea how that's affected the number of comments. I'd imagine the quality has increased, in that trolls have dropped. But I know I very rarely post any more, and only do so when I'm clearly in the majority -- a local coach is arrested for child abuse, for example, or someone locks a dog in a hot car. I will never post about politics, church topics, or something else where I risk hurting a neighbor's feelings or getting drawn into a flame war. It's not worth it. 

In that way, Florida Today (and Facebook) have lessened meaningful debate. I (and other friends) can't deal with the expected vitriol so we just drop out of online discussions if Facebook is part of the equation.
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/29/2014 | 9:28:23 AM
Re: Social media and identity
"The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday."
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