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and database for profiles of a select group of ‘ordinary’ Americans (autoworker, farmer, deep sea diver, mother of six). Every profile would look different to represent the individual, but some features are the same: childhood memories, dreams, diary entries. The profile does not reflect the true person, and does not intend to do so; it exists to offer a coherent and dramatic narrative for entertainment and financial purposes only. Ultimately, protagonist
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4 Charlotte, after her patterns are observed by 24/7 webcams, abandons the project, while her online presence still lives on. Pattern Recognition (2003) written by William Gibson chronicles how obscure film footage posted online creates a very active online community who converse via the Fetish Footage Forum . The F:F:F is a place of intellectual debate on artistic matters and a place where 'real' friendships (in the sense that they are deep and affectionate) come into being. The novel's protagonist, Cayce, follows clues all over the world (London, Tokyo, Moscow) which lead her into the right direction of 'the maker' of the footage. The ‘footageheads’ follow the footage virtually, while Cayce does this physically. Her presence is vital in determining who the maker is. The novel shows a very optimistic view on online fora, contacts, content and friendships that emerge from it, but foregrounds the necessity of human presence in a globally networked world. The Social Network (2010), a film by David Fincher, portrays the invention and development of Facebook, the world’s most famous social media platform . The film’s form offers productive material to shed light on the relations of human and social network site. Mark Zuckerberg, the site’s inventor, portrayed as anti- social ‘computer - nerd’ is juxtaposed a gainst his socially successful friend and co-creator, Eduardo Saverin, and the very popular Winklevoss Twins, who both start a lawsuit against Zuckerberg, which constitutes the main event in the film. Her (2013) , a film produced by Spike Jonze, takes places in a more technologically advanced near future, where it is not necessarily frowned upon to ‘date your computer’. The film portrays the romance between Theodore and Samantha, the latter being an Artificial Intelligent Operating System. The film shows ho w Samantha, ‘who’ can best be described as an disembodied consciousness struggles with the ways she differs from the human Theodore, and how she tries to come to terms with her ‘lacking body’. The last two chapters discuss dystopian representations of social networks in The Circle (2013) written by Dave Eggers, and Men, Women and Children (2014) , directed by Jason Reitman. These narratives together represent respectively the network and the social; the human and the computer. The main problem with The Circle and Men, Women and Children is that these
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5 representations mainly focus on the worst possible outcome of our interaction with new technologies. These fictions pretend that there is no good way to engage yourself with the Internet and all of its features. They offer us no reflection, nuances or countervoices within the fictional
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