I think both sides of this are true: It isn’t sane to lose the ability to
differentiate between an argument or love affair happening in the flesh and
an argument or love affair happening on a computer screen. We enslave
ourselves to the logic of the machine when we forget the difference between
the exchange of disembodied symbols, powerful though that might be, and
physical contact. We need to remind ourselves that this form of
communication is disembodied. However, I would also say that we must
recognize that humans indeed play many roles, wear many masks, construct
many identities, and that we have been doing so for a very long time.
Erving Goffman’s “Presentation of the Self in Everyday Life” went into this
decades before computers became a communication medium.

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