If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there does it still make a noise?
nat garcia

Your discussion of the question, ‘do we exist in the world if we aren’t on Snapchat, etc?’ is spot on. What’s interesting, though, is whether or not you choose to take part in social media, as last week’s readings suggest, we still have a presence in social media. In Facebook, that means, when someone creates a bio, it already knows about that person. On mediums like Snapchat, it seems even more relevant. You quoted the article as as saying, “there is something predatory in the act of taking a picture. To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed.” This is right there — just recently, I was (unknowingly) put on a student’s Snap story (I was pushed into the pool after our last swim meet: an odd, yet persistent tradition), and I was shocked to have multiple students asking me about it the next day. My presence was on Snapchat, but without me even knowing it. I wonder how that plays into the whole scenario you are discussing here. Does that add to my ‘existence’ on social media? Or in history?