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Erin Prysiazny

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Do you believe that social media has influenced the credibility of our words?

For example, someone passes away and then gets hundreds of posts on their wall saying rest in peace, saying how they wished they knew them, or how they miss them so much. Can we trust the credibility in this? Or assume people are looking to be awarded with "likes" and encouragement since it shows they are "caring"?

In my opinion, I feel like the things people write in public space (i.e. your wall) makes your words far less credible because it's not a personal message between you and someone else, it's for the whole world to see. Am I wrong to think this?


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    Feb 2 2013: Beckett said: "Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness." But he also said: "Words are all we have."
    I do not like any shade of gray but maybe in this case truth is in the middle. Words are a bridge and a bridge can be solid or crumbling... It's not what we write that matters but what makes us writing: a kind of hunger. With technology we are living a second 'industrial revolution' and this new way of communication is at the same time scaring and fascinating.
    Yes, it's also a monument to global loneliness and the death of those small, dirty, smokey coffee shop where you would sit and chat to anyone.
    This said: we can choose, we can still choose between words and silence, FaceBook and TED, clicking on the thumb up or ignore it.

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