Getting Intimate with invisible audiences, Mushon Zer-Aviv
by Udi h Bauman
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Artist & Designer
of Ars Electronica fame
Who uses the Internet?
Who uses the street?
Who are the cultural leaders today?
Privacy & openness
not black & white
Information wants to be free != People wants to be free
There's a scale between private & public
Social media is performative
Not only communication, only presenting oneself
Hana Arendt quote on public spaces
enable people to understand the norms regulating society
let people express themselves & learn from the feedback of others
enable people to convert sayings or actions to "real" thru the others witnessing them
Danna Boyd quote on social networks as mediated publics
4 unique characteristics
all 4 leading to, Invisible Audiences, key factor in discussion on privacy
and therefore, No Invisible Audiences
Much more like physical public spaces than social media spaces
You can watch but cannot touch
Maybe this example can teach us how to create spaces with grey shades of privacy
Southpark sketh on chatroullete
Taking screenshot/screencast destroys all charcteristics of public spaces
You get, Persistence, Searchability, Replicabiility, Scale, and therefore, Exposure to Invisible Audiences
No more conversation, rather content
When adding digital devices & media to public spaces (the street) you add to it the
Maybe we should start thinking on:
Life without privacy
Privacy isn't relevant in pre-technical/pre-democratic societies
But what about invisible audiences
Quote from Genesis
Adam & Eve hide from God, whose asks: Where are you?
i.e., Adam & Eve are afraid of invisible audiences
Is privacy for Terrorists only?
I've got nothing to hide
Quote from Genesis
Noah son's see Noah drunk & naked after he saved the world, & tells about it to his brother
<hilarious image of naked Noah on his son's facebook wall>
Quote of Faucolt
The power of the penopticon is that in making the priosioner always visible, the power is enforced without being executed
walking is publishing
Urban planners, sociologists & technologists should now start designing new protocols that rethink & redesign public & mediated spaces
Twitter search technical constraints (e.g., you can't search history) rather do good by making it less content & more conversation
Negative example is Huxley's "Brave new world"