Retained Knowledge

In Rober W. Gehl’s article “The archive and the processor: The internal logic of Web 2.0” he talks about serves and memory storage in the Web 2.0 era. Moe specifically how this relates back to social media and the instantaneous interactions between users. This does begin to create some interesting points. With how social media is presently set up interactions are instant, you can type something in and post it or communicate with someone with simply no delay. And thus what is created is an open social ground where people can always congregate and communicate.

But as Gehl points out this also creates a very interesting contradiction. Though communication is instant it is not similar to older forms of instant communication because everything is stored on an outside source. Thus whatever is said cannot only easily disappear from yours and the public view at anytime whether you want it to or not but it also means that it can be accessed by those who control or own the social network at anytime so even if you want something gone it can’t go.

So is social media communication good for us? Certainly it opens up a large channel for communication, and maybe it is good that people have to be more careful with what they say because they know it may all be recorded. But when does that stop being good? In the coming years when do we start having Facebook statuses from presidential candidates in their youth be used against them? Do we want to know everything that someone posted when we are employing them, do we need to know about everyone’s past? Social media creates some very interesting and possibly game changing consequences for the future of how we view people.



Work Cited:

Gehl, Robert W. “The Archive and the Processor: The Internal Logic of Web 2.0.” Sage Journals (2011): 1228-244.

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