Tuesday, March 9, 2010

We Are Important, but Not THAT Important

My most intriguing point I found in Chapter 7, Facebook, was on the removal of photos Facebook deemed pornographic, which were pictures of a mother breastfeeding. My first reaction was why would anyone put up pictures of them breastfeeding? Then upon realizing, maybe I just don't get the view point of a mother, I decided since it is legal to breastfeed in public in 40 states it can't be that bad. Plus, who really cares if there are pictures like that up?
Levinson used this as an example however to present the idea that while new new media is seen as an extension of ourselves, we can only go so far some times. The internet is also an extension of Facebook in this case who have certain powers to remove user created content at their disposal. We have to realize, as users of the internet, we are pivotal to its existence because we create content for it, but we are never beyond the powers that guide the internet.


  1. Just as we communication by playing a role and putting on a performance in everyday life, we communicate online by doing the exact same thing.

  2. I really don't get the point of posting a picture of breast feeding either. I know it's not THAT bad, since it's natural, and legal in most states, etc. but most people generally don't post pictures of themselves sitting on toilets (even if you can't see anything) or of them doing something else strange or out of the norm. I know this is totally random and awkward, but so is a picture of someone breastfeeding on Facebook. Maybe it's just me, I'm not really sure.

  3. Plus, how many people do you see uploading photos of themselves flexing or looking in a mirror just to show off.