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18. Speculating about Spying on MySpace and Beyond: Social Network Surveillance and Obsessive Relational Intrusion (Makenzie Phillips / Brian H. Spitzberg)
Speculating about Spying on MySpace and Beyond: Social Network Surveillance and Obsessive Relational Intrusion
Brian H. Spitzberg
Every technological innovation provides an opportunity for insight into the process of human evolution. The reliable and efficient production of fire opened the doors of night, provided for the safer consumption of foods, and enabled various pursuits of protection from enemies large and small. The invention of the printing press significantly collapsed the geography and accumulation of knowledge distribution, and helped spark the renaissance and rediscovery of ancient wisdom. The invention of telegraphy and telephony in turn collapsed both space and time by promoting the approach to synchronous interchange across distances. The invention of television vastly expanded the communicative spectrum to nonverbal and empathic dimensions of possibility, as well as facilitating the exportation of culture at all levels of imagination. As the pace of technological change continues to accelerate, there is little doubt that communicative technologies will continue to play a pivotal role in pushing, changing, and transforming the boundaries, and perhaps even the nature, of human relationships.
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