Is the internet or reality more real?
April 21, 2012 8:00 PM Subscribe
Help me bridge the gap between the world as it seems through the internet and media vs. the world I go about in every day.
posted by grokfest to Society & Culture (17 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I don't want to go into great detail describing the ways that there is a dysmorphic effect between the way the world seems to be according to its representation in the media and according to my perception of the people I go among on an everyday basis. But I sense a profound difference on matters of sex, relationships, and general norms, as well as expectations for what roadblocks to meet at particular ages. FWIW I live in Columbus, Ohio and I'm fairly introverted.
I don't know which is more distorted. Does the internet massively overrepresent and magnify the voices of fringe and/or largely urban communities that are highly specific and not mainstream/widespread, or is my perception of my surroundings overly innocent? Mainly I think the way to assess this is to see whether others generally think that the societal image presented by, for instance, AskMefi populations advice/answers, represents a substantially different worldview from that you encounter in everyday life? If this question is wholly unclear, just ask me for clarification.