Are You Real?

This semester I’m in a class called Social Interaction in the Digital Age, it’s super interesting!

Besides watching viral videos and YouTube/Vine compilations, we discuss a lot of communication theories and the basis behind virality. For our final paper we have to touch on a specific theory and how it relates to computer mediated communication. I’m choosing the social presence theory.

Basically, this theory touches upon the state of being “there”, “real”, or “present” in communication usually between two individuals through a computer medium. I think this theory is super interesting with the increase of technology use becoming deceptive. We can be so sure of someone’s true presence in a conversation…but are we really sure of who we’re talking to?

Comment if you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear about other experiences with this sort of topic!

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