Unaccountability and anonymity on the Internet has brought about “the end of empathy”, says Jason Calacanis, as he discusses the ‘condition’ of Internet Asperger’s Syndrome:
This disease affects people when their communication moves to digital, and the emotional cues of face-to-face interactionâ€“including tone, facial expression and the so called “blush response“â€“are lost.Â [â€¦]
In this syndrome, the afflicted stops seeing the humanity in other people. They view individuals as objects, not individuals. The focus on repetitive behaviorsâ€“checking email, blogging, twittering and retiring andysâ€“combines with an inability to feel empathy and connect with people.
[â€¦] In IAS, screen names and avatars shift from representing people to representing characters in a video game. Our 2600â€™s and 64â€™s have trained us to pound these characters into submission in order to level up. We look at bloggers, people on Twitter and podcasters not as individuals, but as challengesâ€“in some cases, “bosses“â€“that we must crush to make it to the next phase.
A good article discussing the perils of living our lives in public, although I feel it loses something toward the end when it takes on a more personal tone.
via LA Times