A friend of mine has a two-year-old daughter named Rose who I’ve never met. But I know what she looks like, what her mannerisms are and on any given day, a few things she did last week. And not because I talk to her father. I know this because Rose, who is not yet able to read or write (even the most ambitious of New York kids can’t achieve literacy at 18 months) has a blog.
It’s unclear right now how long Rose’s parents intend to keep up the blog, which publicly documents Rose’s activities and development. Or how Rose, when she becomes old enough to realize that the blog exists, will react to it. After all, she’s not the only two-year-old with an Internet presence in New York. There are plenty of adorable camera-ready toddlers with Twitter accounts, YouTube videos, Facebook accounts and Tumblr blogs. The proliferation of technology would seem to suggest that constructing a comprehensive presence on the Internet may now be as commonplace a childhood ritual as notching the door every time junior grows an inch. Read More