Brad Paisley’s latest music video humorously depicts internet behavior. In “Online” he discussed the persona shifts that sometimes come along with online interaction when a user portrays themselves in a stronger, more confident way.
I discussed social networking the other day and, while I think online interaction serves some purposes, it can not replace face-to-face interaction. Our lives are different online than they are in the real world. As I write this, I am wearing a faded 15 year old t-shirt and baggy cotton pants, yet I could present myself as a cutthroat business person if I so chose. I could not, however, walk out my front door in these clothes and elicit the same response. Don’t misunderstand me; I don’t mean to imply that one of these is the right way, the other wrong. I think both real world and online interactions can be enlightening, educational, even empowering.
Brad Paisley has yet again analyzed our society at a wonderfully basic level. See some of his other observations in “Celebrity” or “Alcohol.” Reality is always entertaining.