I'm Not Stalking You; I'm Socializing

While everyone performs for everyone in particular,
Let us psychoanalyze the face-specimen
in the matrix dressed as a book.

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A record of telephone interactions are gathered under the pretense of a social networking service called Status Grabber, in which a representative makes personal phone calls to request very short "status updates" from strangers. Call recipients are told that someone they know has anonymously requested a "status update" about them, and that they should provide the representative with an open statement about their career, family, social life, or literal whereabouts. The service mimics the social activity of users on Facebook and Twitter, where users stay connected without directly interacting. In creating an analog version of those services, Status Grabber places analogous pressure on individuals to relinquish privacy in order to participate in this new model of socialization.

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