Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Small-Town Style Social Networking

Last month First Thoughts published Matthew Schmitz’ “A Small-Town Defense of Facebook.” Though Schmitz focuses on Zuckerberg’s social networking behemoth, some of what he says applies to smaller online communities — like Marry Well. Check out this excerpt:

Of course, any tool can be harmful if not used in virtuous moderation, but I don’t think there anything particularly vicious about sharing links and photos with your friends. The temptation to “constant self-fashioning” is no more acute here than in, say, dressing. Sure, both forms of self-presentation can tempt us to vanity and immodesty, but the solution is prudence and care—not necessarily wholly abjuring fashion or closing one’s Facebook account...

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