Sure, most people agree that the Internet has and will continue to be positive for social relations. But it’s also presented many more challenges and perhaps opportunities for how reputations are made, tarnished and remade, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
In its annual future of social relations
survey, the Pew Internet & American Life Project asked 895 experts how e-mail, social networking sites and video conferencing among other applications are redefining the way we think of relationships. The most interesting part of the report, I thought, was the feedback on how users are only beginning to address how to deal with online reputations.
“As information shrinks our world, it will become easier for one’s misdeeds to return to them or for outbursts of regrettable behavior to be reported and shared,” said Stuart Schechter, a researcher for Microsoft and former staff member of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. “For better or worse, technology makes the citizenry its own Big Brother. Some will welcome this as transparency; others will feel oppressed.” [...]Read More