As the boys kicked around a soccer ball, Christy and I realized how often we had missed the physical space around us as we engaged in social interaction through Facebook and Twitter.  Pulling out a sketch pad, we planned out a project of going more personal, more physical and authentic with Facebook – a sort of Face to Facebook concept.

What began as a theoretical conversation turned more practical.  For roughly forty days, everything we do on Facebook, we would do off-line.  We sketched out a few ideas: taking physical photographs, playing games, doing a Suburban Farmville, wearing profile t-shirts in public, making birthday cupcakes, sending gifts, creating flair and a series of other ideas.

Each time we try a new aspect of living Facebook, I will reflect on it in writing.  Later, Christy and I will create a video for the item and compare how people changed once we introduced the camera.

Our goal would be to compare our offline experiences with our online interactions, asking ourselves:  How are we shaped by the medium?  How do we change in our language?  To what extent are we developing a perfectionist alter-ego?  (One that doesn’t hawk loogies out of a car window or stammer when he’s nervous).

More importantly, we wanted to have fun and recover something tangible that had been lost in our social media vacuum.


4 thoughts on “About

  1. John,
    Love, love, love the experiment! I’m looking forward to reading your stories and reflections throughout the balance of this project.

    One suggestion…how about examining some other technologies that have impacted social and community dynamics? Technologies such as the central air conditioner have drawn us indoors on those hot summer evenings. We used to hang out on front porches and interact with our neighbors, but we now stay inside to enjoy a cooler existence. And speaking of front porches…they have been removed as an architectural focal point from American homes. Front porches were really important parts of our communities. Finally, developers sold us on a dream of suburban subdivisions that feature large homes and communities that are entirely void of sidewalks. What kind of impact has this had on our local community interactions?

    Anyway, perhaps food for a series of blog posts on my own!

    All the best,

  2. I love the idea of examining those other technologies, though I think I want to limit the scope of this project to Facebook and other social media. I’ve thought a lot about those issues and I see them as a huge conversation for recovering the notion of community.

  3. Just wanted to say that I find this to be a fantastic experiment. It sounds like a lot of fun, but at the same time really hard.

  4. Just wanted to say that I find this to be a fantastic experiment. It sounds like a lot of fun, but at the same time really hard.

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