From Rousseau to Karr: How to Share with Craft and Discipline

“Fried clams for lunch. Aftermath not pretty!!!”

Check your Twitter feed these days and you are bound to see such pronouncements, many of which are being criticized widely as manifestations of oversharing. For those who are able to recall a time before Twitter and other social media, there is something self-indulgent and ill-advised about telling the world what you had for lunch and what the gastrointestinal aftereffects were. On the other hand, those who grew up on social media find it utterly natural to tell their followers where they have been, where they are going, what they intend to do when they get there, and what they plan to do after they leave. Finding some kind of middle ground with regard to what you share with others may now become the work of Internet users in a digital era that has passed beyond its infancy.

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