Reading Response #2 – Abbie Rush

In Evgeny Morozov’s article, “The Death of the Cyberflaneur,” he discusses the downfall of “cyberflânerie” which can be described as aimlessly surfing the internet. He blames this downfall on the creation of identity within the internet community, which makes it so we are no longer anonymous and so that we no longer own anything we create on the internet. Part of this was the creation of FaceBook which gave everyone an identity. He also discusses how high speed internet also contributed to the killing of cyber flaneurism, because it gave purpose to going on line rather than just wandering around the internet aimlessly. In his words, “Transcending its original playful identity, it’s no longer a place for strolling—it’s a place for getting things done. Hardly anyone “surfs” the Web anymore.” This article relates to the class just in the sense that we have been discussing the idea of surveillance and privacy which gets me thinking about this idea of everyone having an identity online and anything that is posted becomes the property of sites regardless of if we want it to. This makes it so no one is really safe from our personal lives being posted out there in the world, especially now that we have all been given some sort of identity within this online platform. It also connects back to the point that we are are impacted by media even if we don’t chose to be, because whether we like it or not, people are constantly posting and constantly using media in some sort of way, and it is inevitable to not be apart of that world at some points.  When I first started reading this article and started to understand the concept of cyber flaneurism, one of the first things I thought of was how we all sort of still use this concept today even with its decline. I know myself, and most of my friends I know almost always have multiple tabs pulled up on their computers AND their phones and almost all of those tabs were opened from clicking on one link they found to the next link, to the next link, and so on. Even if we open our browsers for a specific purpose, we will still find ourselves eventually aimlessly surfing the internet which I don’t think we will ever stop doing. This is a photo of how many tabs I currently have opened on my computer which can be a perfect demonstration of this idea.

(Just kidding it won’t allow me to attach a photo?)