Buy Essay-Individuality & Isolation (Sociology)

Buy Essay-Individuality & Isolation (Sociology)

Individuality & Isolation


Read and write a summary about the article and what’s is the most interesting. Then analyze it by answering these questions. To what extent do social media create a privileged reflective space for expressing experiences of the self not readily captured in other ways? How does the asymmetry of putting any number of social experiences into personal and uninterrupted self-narratives affect us when posted online & read about (but not directly experienced the same way) by a variety of ‘audience’ followers. How is this representation of one’s experiences through online posts & updates centering a new kind of interior consciousness for our narration and presentation efforts of an online ‘self.’ How does this kind of online reflection create a very different sense of purpose for previously face to face forms of experience? Why are our more detached narratives of our social self what we now one-sidedly prefer to post from those experiences? How did the modern novel or the tradition of reflective or epistolary writing share experiences expressed through literature in ways that are now being forgotten in our everyday ‘publishing’ of experience online? What effect do social media postings that we now narrate for ourselves have upon empathy, privacy, and our sense of manners in cyberspace (or off-line)? When do individuals indulge a disinhibition effect as part of their interior reflections online, and for what purposes? When might the catharsis or social distance gained by uninhibited self-expression be used constructively for the purpose of redefining norms of empathy, privacy or decorum? Can disinhibition be used only in benign ways so that expressive individuals remain able to rejoin face to face interaction with greater confidence & honesty and without the opposite tendency to retreat or isolate one’s self from others? When might online disinhibition be used to cynically flaunt social norms or expectations and instead define a sense of self apart from any need to constructively engage others (for whom, and for what purposes)? What role have emerging social media played thus far in either encouraging more constructive exercises of online disinhibition or indulging more asocial or fictive self-expression by users? Do you think social media more often give the individual a unique space to strengthen a sense of belonging, shared norms, and interpersonal support with others offline, or do you think that disinhibited uses of social media prove more often to be self-interested and not at all other-directed or open as a form of communication? Who do you feel uses disinhibition to ‘come together’ with others more often when dropping polite empathy, decorum or norms or privacy online, with whom, and under what conditions? Who do you feel more often loses interest or connection with others (either accidentally or with the intent to ‘flame’ others), with whom, and under what specific conditions characterizing that kind of disinhibited interaction online? Do you think certain forms of disinhibited communication on the internet can and should be prevented or responded to by social media providers, by decency laws and law enforcement agencies, or by user enforced online community norms? What are the responsibilities of counseling professionals to address different forms of online disinhibition and its effects? How do you see the pros & cons of this creative form of self-expression online as compared to the reading or writing of (subversive) novels, coming of age narratives, or other uncensored forms of reflection? (benign vs toxic disinhibition)


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