A Better Thought

For all of my frustration with MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and the ongoing process of self-marketing they engender, a recent interview with Ralf from Kraftwerk netted this gem, which concisely explains the paradox of the easy coexistence of radical individualism and radical conformity on these sites:

What he says next is probably not intended as his verdict on Twitter - a
Kraftwerkian development, if ever there was one - but it may as well be.
"Everybody is becoming like ... " - he pauses - "a Stasi agent, constantly
observing himself or his friends."

Like the child of Marx and Coca-Cola that I am, I keep thinking of these sites only in terms of the constant self-marketing, forgetting the desire for instant feedback (and approval) that may be even more important for the obsessed user.

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