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Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m Sophie…
And I’m Neil. Oh, hang on… I’ve just got a new tweet here. Listen to this: ‘Hi Neil, about what you said the other day I…’ Oh, this is from a friend who doesn’t realize that regular tweets are in the public domain – and that anyone in the world could read them if they wanted to. I need to give her some lessons in cool – she just doesn’t get it!
Well, Mr Cool, I don’t get Twitter either – which means I don’t understand why people like it. Why do you want to put tweets out there for everyone to read?
You’d love it if you tried it, Sophie.
I’m not so sure, Neil. Anyway, the subject of today’s show is online identity. There are lots of social media platforms out there – Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram – and they’re all different, and the question is, do we use different identities when we are using different digital spaces? And what’s all this tweeting, posting, and hashtagging doing to our language and our psyche?
And psyche means mind. Well, it’s messed with my mind. I’m a total addict. I check my accounts as soon as I get up in the morning – and sometimes in the night if I wake up. I couldn’t get through the day without it.
Well, I’m the opposite – I’m totally unaddicted – and therefore don’t need to worry about my psyche. Now, before we explore this further, let’s have today’s quiz question.