Newer social networking communities are making the Internet a more friendly place for people to convey their identities through by appropriating content from others to make themselves look more intelligent. It can be easy to begin to doubt the power and value of the speed at which knowledge can travel with newer communication technologies on the rise. At these times, it is most important to remember that the positivity or negativity of a situation is almost always entirely dependent on the way individuals choose to utilize the tools.
In conclusion to his “Blogosphere,” Keren quotes Charles Taylor in “The Ethics of Authenticity” while discussing the merits of authenticity in identity in the context of a blogosphere where millions of thoughts grow from one another and originality is subjective. Taylor warns against becoming jaded, which can be an easy result of that perceived lack of originality on the Internet:
“‘I can define my identity only against the background of things that matter. But to bracket out history, nature, society, the demands of solidarity, everything but what I find in myself, would be to eliminate all candidates for what matters. Only if I exist in a world in which history, or the deemed of nature, or the need of my fellow human beings, or in the duties of citizenship, or the call of God, or something else of this order matters crucially, can I define an identity for myself that is not trivial.’”