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Posting Secrets Online


PostSecret—started by Frank Warren in 2005—is a popular online art project in which anonymous users post secrets they have never told anybody on a homemade postcard. In many ways, they are a modern form of confession, although most of the secrets are not about sexual desires. Pretend you are Michel Foucault and you have just discovered an online archaeology of confessions. Pick one confession from PostSecret and analyze it as an exercise of power. Describe the “truth” the postcard expresses and how such knowledge might be a source of control. Do you think that posting secrets online causes people to submit themselves to a form of control or does it function differently than the confessions of the eighteenth century? Post your answer, and the link of your chosen secret, below.

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