BBC News - Web ‘re-defining’ human identity says chief scientist
Social networks such as Facebook and on-line gaming are changing people’s view of who they are and their place in the world, according to a report for the government’s chief scientist.
The report, published by Prof Sir John Beddington, says that traditional ideas of identity will be less meaningful.
One consequence could be communities becoming less cohesive.
This change could be harnessed to bring positive changes or if ignored could fuel social exclusion, says the study.
"This can be a positive force, exemplified by the solidarity seen in the London 2012 Olympics or a destructive force, for example the 2011 riots," says the report.

BBC News - Web ‘re-defining’ human identity says chief scientist

Social networks such as Facebook and on-line gaming are changing people’s view of who they are and their place in the world, according to a report for the government’s chief scientist.

The report, published by Prof Sir John Beddington, says that traditional ideas of identity will be less meaningful.

One consequence could be communities becoming less cohesive.

This change could be harnessed to bring positive changes or if ignored could fuel social exclusion, says the study.

"This can be a positive force, exemplified by the solidarity seen in the London 2012 Olympics or a destructive force, for example the 2011 riots," says the report.

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    OK… I have read and been writing about this since even before the Network Society books written by Manuel Castells so...
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    Whoa. Who’d of thought that Facebook would fuel the next big social divide… I’m going back to MySpace where it’s safe.
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    As always, hope good meets lucky!
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    "The internet can allow many people to realise their identities more fully, " the authors write. "Some people who have...
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