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2. Unpacking the Paradoxes of Privacy in CMC Relationships: The Challenges of Blogging and Relational Communication on the Internet (Jeffrey T. Child / Sandra Petronio)
Unpacking the Paradoxes of Privacy in CMC Relationships: The Challenges of Blogging and Relational Communication on the Internet
Jeffrey T. Child
In a recent posting, a parent uploaded and tagged a picture of their 18 year old son as a little boy dressed in a tutu. Once tagged, the photo became accessible to the son’s entire Facebook friend network with a corresponding newsfeed of the action. The mortified son quickly responded to the posting by untagging and disassociating the image from his identity. He also made it clear to his parents that there needed to be a mutually agreed upon posting criterion with his parents so this kind of privacy invasion did not occur again. As this example illustrates, privacy management is a challenging enterprise with social media such as Facebook. While the creation of personal-journal diary blogs, social networking, and Twitter sites provide users multiple opportunities to engage in computer-mediated communication (CMC), privacy, communication, and technology are interwoven in critical ways.
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