When New York author-journalist Lev Grossman quips that “On Facebook everybody knows you’re a dog”, he’s referring to the iconic cartoon printed in The New Yorker in 1993. In reference to the anonymity of cyberspace, two dogs sit in front of a computer screen with the caption ‘On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog’.
Facebook has brought us many firsts, but one of the biggest is that participants now use their real names and share real information about their real lives. This is new. And it’s big, revealing something profound about us and our human society. It used to be that staying anonymous on the Internet was of paramount importance. Everybody had a “handle”, a code name that hid our true identity. Facebook changed all that making it possible, even desireable, for people to be themselves on the web for the very first time. We’re watching one of the greatest social transformations in history unfold. What does it mean and where will it take us?
Read more in Katie Ellis ‘ insightful article, “Be who you want to be: The philosophy of Facebook and the construction of identity.” http://www.faqs.org/periodicals/201007/2160376431.html#ixzz1DNDOUseE