Identities Gone Rogue
Kelly Good

Great article, Kelly! I definitely agree that the unprecedented polarization of this election has caused many people to lose sight of basic manners and appropriate social behaviors, even in the context of being online. Your argument that much of this hostility and feelings of a lack of repercussion comes from the existence of both disembodied identities and audiences is very true not only in terms of the election, but in all forms of cyber bullying and computer-mediated communication in general. Our loose definitions of the term “friend” on social media is also a point of contention, as I wonder if people would delete people off of Facebook for voting for an opposing candidate if they genuinely were close friends in real life, or if they would only delete those who they didn’t have as strong of a connection with? The idea of actively creating echo chambers on social media is interesting because oftentimes, they are discussed in terms of inadvertent practices that contributed to the shock of the results of the election from many people who believed Hillary was guaranteed to win. By knowingly doing this to not only make a political stand and assert dominance but also to create the media and social environment that you want for yourself, I believe, is a bit of a cop out from confronting reality.

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