By Ben Greenman
Everyone knocks technology, especially social networking. Everyone worries that the Internet is giving us a false sense of connection while in fact creating new kinds of separation and isolation. Everyone worries that sites like Twitter and Facebook are encouraging us to curate our lives rather than be honest about them, to present ourselves in a favorable light to others rather than keep our own counsel. Everyone wants to lament that children today are harmed by the immediate gratification of sites like Wikipedia. None of this is true. The Internet and particularly social networking is the greatest means ever invented to represent ourselves authentically. The notion of human identity—of the individual—is stronger than it has ever been, thanks to the Internet.
Is this an April Fool’s piece?
Ben Greenman is a bestselling author who has written both fiction and nonfiction.