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08/11/2013

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elisa freschi

Still, Leiter's comment may have some utility when it comes to the following point:
Many of the Facebook-natives (i.e., of the people ---mostly younger than I am:-)--- who have been growing up with Facebook) just do not realise that it might be possible to be in a relationship without announcing it on FB, to have a great photo of oneself wihtout posting it, to conceive a random thought on something without putting it down on one's status and so on. These people might post their photos and, more embarassing, their thoughts while drunk and might end up regretting it the day after (this attitude has nothing to do with the appeal to be oneself and not be coward).

To all of them, it might be safe to recommend an increased caution: wait 5' minutes before posting whatever comes to your mind. OR, even better (in my opinion): Have a distinct profile for your friends and for your colleagues and post whatever you feel like only on the first one.

Personally, I try hard not to be negatively biased by anyone's opinions on controversial issues, as long as they are philosophically argumented, whereas I would probably not be able to avoid being negatively impressed by sheer superficiality. Would not you?

Rachel

That's more of a comment on *how* to use Facebook and social media, not on whether one should use it at all. Brian was essentially advocating a ban, rather than diligence. The effect of such a policy would be to produce a rather bland public persona. Mark Lance's point, as well as mine, is that you don't *want* to be bland and "safe."

elisa freschi

@Rachel, I personally agree with your point (why would I blog and comment whenever I think I can contribute if I would not?), but was trying to address the initial point, i.e., the question raised by Leiter's blog's reader and Leiter's answer (while thinking of the recent discussion re. sexting and the intelligent comment that it is difficult to make younger people aware of the fact that what X did was "morally wrong" since they do it all the time).

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