Task #5: Digital identities


Sam’s Thoughts

(received by mjg 26/2)

I found interesting Danah Boyd’s argument that kids are doing on the internet today exactly what they used to do in the mall years ago – hanging out, flirting, messing around – it’s only the location that’s changed, and that what they do now is persistent, which is good in that it lets kids do those things together but at different times, but bad in that what they do online is there on their record forever.

Her comments about the difficulties for teachers are definitely true – a teacher friend has to be very careful about what she does and says online in case any of her students find it. Also very interesting what she says about the fact that we now find it harder to trust anyone we can’t trace online, because if they’re not online it seems like they have something to hide.

I’m naturally quite shy and introverted, but online I project a much more confident and extrovert persona. I behave online pretty much exactly as I do with my close friends, but possibly just turned up to 11, as I’m not so constrained by my shyness. I actually have a group of friends who I first met online, in a chatroom, in 2002/3. They knew the online version of me first, and then we all met up and became good friends so they got to know the offline version. I think if asked they’d say that there’s not a lot of difference between the two.

Of course, it depends where on the internet – just as Levine talks about using different pats of our personalities depending on who we’e with, the same’s true on the internet.

On facebook I’m only talking to friends (90% of my facebook friends are people I know IRL), but on Twitter anyone can see me, so I tend to e more serious and restrained, even though on Facebook I’m there under my own name and on Twitter I have an alias.

Mo’s thoughts

(received by mjg 26/2)

We are at cross roads and this is just the beginning the digital identity is not limited to social media, and does not define ones personality. Those who willingly uploaded their profiles at least have the option of editing it according to what they wish to project to others. famous people use it for the purpose of enhancing their standing and use PR consultants to manage their accounts but normal people are exposed without foreseeing the impact on their lives in the future.

Even those who are simply interested in activities other than social media have also been allocated a digital identity with Google’s decision to pool users data from all it services, these are signs of things to come that no one will be immune and our privacy will be a thing of the past no matter what they claim.

Below Twitter-tastic example of two popular british persoalities

Stephen Fry and Professor Brian Cox