Who Do Your T-Shirts and Status Updates Say You Are?
What’s on your t-shirt? Are you a “local celebrity,” or are you, unfortunately, “with stupid”? And seriously, how addictive is that status update feature on Facebook?
People wear slogan-ed shirts for a reason. Still, since we often make a concerted effort not to judge books by covers, maybe we shouldnâ€™t judge people by the T-shirts they wear. But itâ€™s always nice to encounter a little more information about the people who intrigue us. And we certainly all enjoy tantalizing tidbits of information, whether Google-learned or freely offered, that make us want to learn more.
This brings us to a contemporary addiction that also provides insight into human self-perception: the Facebook status feed. This insanely popular social networking tool asks us to define ourselves, as many times a day as weâ€™d care to do so. â€œEsther is on deadline.â€ â€œDeb is contemplating a great day.â€ â€œWilliam is, and therefore he thinks.â€ As information goes, it may not seem like much. But if done right and changed regularly, it does tell your friends everything they might need or want to know. (Or at least everything youâ€™d want them to know.)
Check out my latest Jewish Week singles column, “Honest-Tees: A Song of Ourselves?“.
This entry was posted by Esther Kustanowitz on August 3, 2007 at 1:58 am, and is filed under First Person Singular (Jewish Week Singles Column). Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.