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Nora Young: Oversharing and the Virtual Self

  • Jun 19, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Nora Young, host of Spark on CBC Radio, will be at Third Tuesday Vancouver on June 19th to explore the growing trend of all of us to record more and more data about ourselves via social media — and the deep implications of this.

"[Self-tracking] might be anything from tracking your runs with Nike+ Run to checking in on Foursquare to posting status updates on Facebook, to posting restaurant reviews on something like Urban Spoon, all of the little everyday kinds of features that we're starting to keep track of and also that we're starting to share with other people," Nora said in a recent interview.

At first glance, these activities seem trivial and harmless. But we're putting more and more information about ourselves online, and once that data is aggregated, it can give a fairly comprehensive and accurate picture of who we are and what we do.

"We actually have to have some real public conversations about this, because it's not just about the information you're storing with one service, [it's about] the information that we're starting to store on all these different services, and what happens when you pull all that information together?"

BONUS: Everyone who registers and attends ($15) will receive a free copy of her book: The Virtual Self.

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  • anita w.

    Great venue and I enjoyed Nora's talk and her style. Easy to chat to people (including Nora) - fun to run into people I knew and make some new connections. Thanks!

    June 21, 2012

  • Carol B.

    Excellent guest, excellent job by Tod to organize it, excellent conversation with some new friends, and one too many nice glasses of wine. And one of Nora's books to boot!That about sums it up.

    June 20, 2012

  • Jacqui


    June 20, 2012

  • Mona E.

    Excellent event & speaker!

    June 20, 2012

  • Rob C.

    A warm, intelligent and humane look at our digital futures - and the choices we have in shaping them.

    June 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nora was entertaining and informative. She spoke on topic and was very warm to questions.

    June 20, 2012

  • david h.

    Great meetup, solid material and very well presented.

    June 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Speaker was great and I really enjoyed the experience. The only disappointment was that most of the crowd vanished almost immediately afterwards.

    June 20, 2012

  • Erin Anne B.

    I really enjoyed her higher-level ponderings and reflections on the effect new media are having on our relationships, both positive and negative sides, and the potential that strategic aggregation of anonymous data has for streamlining people's day. She gave a thoughtful talk that simply asked good questions, instead of an opinionated homily with "all" the answers.

    June 20, 2012

  • Mary H.

    Interesting experience, interesting thoughts and comments

    June 20, 2012

  • Maia

    thought provoking

    June 20, 2012

  • Tod M.

    Hi Euna - I'm afraid I can't promise anything at this late hour.

    June 19, 2012

  • Perry M.

    Caught in Coquitlam, will have to miss this one.
    Donate my ticket and book to the person who posts the most detailed lessons from the presentation.

    June 19, 2012

  • Campbell

    Just a heads up that my ticket (Campbell M) has been sold. Thanks for the interest.

    June 18, 2012

  • Harriet


    June 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could go, but already committed that evening elsewhere in town. Sorry to miss everyone.

    June 13, 2012

  • Tod M.

    Someone has a ticket they can't use — if you'd like to help someone out, please email [masked] and take it off his hands.

    June 13, 2012

  • Joanne

    I'm looking forward to seeing Nora again as well. I really enjoyed her keynote presentation at Northern Voice a couple years ago. Can't wait!

    June 5, 2012

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