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Christine Greenhow, Julia Sonnevend, and Colin Agur

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034470

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034470.001.0001

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Do You See What I See? Visibility through Social Media

Do You See What I See? Visibility through Social Media

(p.49) 3 Do You See What I See? Visibility through Social Media
Education and Social Media

danah boyd

The MIT Press

Social media enables people to share aspects of their lives in unprecedented ways, increasing the visibility of their daily activities. Yet, just because a piece of content can be accessed does not mean that it is or that viewers are interpreting it in the context in which it was intended. All too often, people see what they want to see, look to assert power over others, and use visibility as a justification of violating others’ privacy. This essay explores the dynamics of visibility in social media with an eye towards how visibility can be leveraged to understand, empathize, or help. Collectively shifting our relationship to publicly accessible content is both morally and ethically necessary. This essay builds on the fieldwork, research, and analysis documented by the author in It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.

Keywords:   social media, visibility, power, privacy

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