Research reading and explanation of technology and deception- history of daily diaries and their comparison with today’s Tweets



  • Reynolds et al. (2013). Deception with Technology piece.


In Reynolds et al. (2013) article, “Historicizing New Media: A Content Analysis of Twitter” the history of daily diaries and their comparison with today’s Tweets are examined. The article compares the way people centuries ago structured their diaries and how Tweets are structured today. The article looks at; privacy features, limited length, content, social sphere, and narrative style: reflection vs. accounting. The data suggest Twitter tends to combined elements of historical diaries in terms of who it’s written about and that topics discussed on Twitter slightly resemble late-18th-century secular diaries (p.425). Differences found that the size of potential audience on Twitter is larger than with historical diaries and Twitter messages can reach more socially and geographically diverse audiences than analogue diaries (p.426).

  1.  How and when and why do people use technology today to deceive each other?

   Reynolds et al. (2013) article in my opinion is still very relevant today given that Twitter does allow for similarities between historical use of diaries and Tweets to occur. People will use technology to portray a fake lifestyle (i.e. a lavish lifestyle vs. a sample lifestyle) they actually don’t truly live. For example, when an individual feels the need to obtain social validation from their social media followers they may post themselves driving an expensive car that’s  actually a car rental. People want to be liked and accepted on social media so being deceiving towards each other in a sense becomes normalized in some online communities.