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Exhibited in the global digital cage. On the functions and consequences of social network sites in complex societies


Geser, H (2008). Exhibited in the global digital cage. On the functions and consequences of social network sites in complex societies. Sociology in Switzerland: Towards Cybersociety and "Vireal" Social Relations 20, University of Zurich.

Abstract

The spectacular recent rise of Social Network Sites (SNS) is rooted in their capacity to provide social integration under highly complex conditions of contemporary culture, society and individual life: by allowing individuals to communicate comprehensive and reliable information about all their cultural preferences as well as their social adherences and identifications. However, they also contribute to a downgrading of social life by obliterating more subtle nuances between different types and qualities of human relationships, by reducing personal autonomy in self presentation and impression management, and by inserting individuals into settings of increased supervision and social control.

Abstract

The spectacular recent rise of Social Network Sites (SNS) is rooted in their capacity to provide social integration under highly complex conditions of contemporary culture, society and individual life: by allowing individuals to communicate comprehensive and reliable information about all their cultural preferences as well as their social adherences and identifications. However, they also contribute to a downgrading of social life by obliterating more subtle nuances between different types and qualities of human relationships, by reducing personal autonomy in self presentation and impression management, and by inserting individuals into settings of increased supervision and social control.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:23 Jun 2011 10:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:56
Series Name:Sociology in Switzerland: Towards Cybersociety and "Vireal" Social Relations
Official URL:http://socio.ch/intcom/t_hgeser20.pdf

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