Our Virtual Shadow: Why We Are Obsessed With Documenting Our Lives Online

Our Virtual Shadow: Why We Are Obsessed With Documenting Our Lives Online

by Damon Brown
     
 
We�ve become a world of infinite status updates, constant tweeting, and compulsive pinning�behavior that can put documenting our lives at odds with actually living. We blame technology, but our need to capture time didn�t start with Instagram. In Our Virtual Shadow: Why We Are Obsessed with Documenting Our Lives Online, long-time culture writer and Quote UnQuote app

Overview

We�ve become a world of infinite status updates, constant tweeting, and compulsive pinning�behavior that can put documenting our lives at odds with actually living. We blame technology, but our need to capture time didn�t start with Instagram. In Our Virtual Shadow: Why We Are Obsessed with Documenting Our Lives Online, long-time culture writer and Quote UnQuote app co-founder, Damon Brown calls upon personal experiences, pop culture observations, and historical evidence to answer key questions concerning the prioritization of our �virtual shadow� over our real lives: Does documenting our lives keep us from living it? Do we sacrifice our sensual experiences (touch or taste) when we use technology to capture memories? And when did this obsession with life documentation begin? Back in the caves of Chauvet? Brown doesn�t believe we should stop technological progress, nor is he advocating that technology is necessary to the progress of humanity. Instead, he forces us to question how we have become so dependent on social media and why, like technologies before it, it taps into our basic human need to be remembered and understood. And ultimately, Brown offers lessons about using social media tools while also teaching us how to stay present in our real lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016403663
Publisher:
TED Conference, LLC
Publication date:
04/17/2013
Series:
TED Books , #36
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Damon Brown is a modern culture journalist, editorial consultant, and co-founder of �Quote UnQuote,� a new app that allows you to document interesting things you hear people say. A journalist for more than a decade, Damon has written regularly for Playboy, New York Post, CNN, AARP, and other publications. He has penned more than a dozen books, most notably Playboy�s Greatest Covers with Hugh Hefner and the critically acclaimed Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture.

Interested in modern and pop culture, Damon is regularly interviewed by outlets like CNN, C-SPAN, Playboy Radio, Esquire, and CBS News Online. He has guest-lectured at Michigan State University, California State University: Santa Cruz, and California State University: Fullerton, and has spoken at the UNITY journalism conference and the Adult Entertainment Expo. Since 2010, Damon has been an active board member with the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Damon is currently lead writer at the Future of Sex blog and writes the TechHive travel column Tech. Aside from his �Quote UnQuote� app, Damon actively connects with his far-flung friends and colleagues on Twitter, Facebook, and his website, damonbrown.net.

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