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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"

What does this phrase mean in the age of the Internet?

1 comment:

CultureFuture said...

I think Facebook understood the value of that phrase... making people have control over their networks is basically the equivalent of fencing off your home, but leaving in a gate. Twitter, for instance, is not a gated community but a public square, and it gets the advantages and disadvantages of that; I also use an app called Yammer that hard-codes a restriction that you can only talk to people who have the same work email address as you -- which isn't a fence, it is a wall.

I don't know how it winds up effecting its own community. I've never really subscribed to the "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" idea in brick-and-mortar world either.