Full Interview: Alice Marwick on Technology Refusal

Alice3_sm-211x300.jpg                                                                                     Alice Marwick

Yesterday, I wrote about opting out, or as Alice Marwick calls it, "technology refusal" -- "people who strategically 'opt out' of using overwhelmingly prevalent technologies."

We got a lot of response to this idea, from a wide variety of backgrounds. For instance, Tamara wrote:

I'm 25 and I don't have a cell phone because most of my friends have been ripped off by their cell phone contracts. Also, I never had a Myspace page when that was the trend, and I only have Facebook because I needed it for a job.

Jesse tweeted:

My best friend in Toronto refuses to get a mobile phone. It's been driving everyone nuts for years...

And Don wrote:

I'm a 60-year old DBA, web dev and linux sysadmin, and I've never had a Facebook account, though I'm an avid user of Google+ and my iPhone and iPad. The difference? Facebook has always been just about benefitting Facebook, and entangling people to the detriment of the open promise of the Internet. Ask Tim Berners-Lee. So, yeah, technical refusal needs to be examined in a more granular fashion.

To try and explore this, as Don suggests, in a more granular fashion, Nora interviewed Alice Marwick, who studies social software at Microsoft Research. Nora talked to Alice about her blog post, "If you don't like it, don't use it. It's that simple." ORLY?

You can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 16:05]

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