On Communication and Facebook Statuses

There is something very strange about the form of communication we use when we write Facebook statuses. We simultaneously speak to no one in particular and to everyone. We cast words out into the pool of our friends and see who will choose to bite and share their own reactions, ideas, feelings, and references. We speak into a void, and somehow a conversation emerges.

It is an interesting process, this speaking to no-one and to every-one that produces conversation. It’s almost like a quantum particle according to the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Physics; before you measure it, it exists everywhere simultaneously. When measured, it snaps into a definite location. Similarly, before it is responded to, a status post speaks to everyone. When people respond to it, it snaps into a definite conversation.


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