Monday, December 05, 2005

Virtual vs. Physical

In my other Communication class today, my professor posed to our class this question- Would you go to a public place (street corner, Quad on campus) and engage in a speaker and comment to what the speaker was preaching about? Would you ask questions and state concerns with the speaker, or let them know that you agree with what is being said. Most of us would say no in many cases. But, with the rise of the blogosphere, we are willing to go online, read posts, add comments and participate in this alternative form of discourse. Because why? Why can we do it in a virtual space, but not a physical one? I thought this was really interesting. Our discussion of anonymity seems like it could play a significant role in approaching this. One can be seen, and physically looked at if in a public space, but on the other hand, a blogger can be completely anonymous. Let me know what you guys think of this.