Thursday, March 20, 2008


In the article about JenniCam, I was struck by how the camera positions Jenny at times as a child under the maternal gaze, at other times puts her in the maternal position in relation to her 'supplicants.' It is interesting how the camera serves the function with Jenny to shuttle her from adolescence to adulthood, especially when you think about how Danah Boyd championed another technology, myspace, as an integral part of socialization and adolescent development. It's worth considering the new roles technology will start playing in human development, perhaps as a surrogate for human caregiving.

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