Am I who I say I am online? A reflection.

This topic really opened my eyes to digital identities, a concept which has been very automated in my life. I have always naturally made each social media account slightly different from one another to target different audiences and maintain privacy.

Peer Learning

Reading Tom’s post he outlined the importance of privacy, we got into a discussion about, would someone rather be authentic online or maintain their privacy? We both agreed that privacy was the winner and should be taken seriously. He introduced me to the quote below iterating its importance.

Freedom of the press leads to a free society.

Figure 1 – Quote from Edward Snowden about privacy. Source: Schrodt, 2016. Made by Will Jones in Canva.
Figure 2 – TedTalk video around the importance of privacy in todays world. Source: Greenwood, 2014

Privacy is essential (Figure.2) and is currently hot in the news, due to Facebook sharing over 83 millions peoples personal data with Cambridge Analytica. This has caused Mark Zuckerberg to change his stance on multiple identities which Joanna and I debated on her blog. We believe his opinion change is due to this leak of personal data.

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Figure 3 – Differences between myself and Joanna’s blog on the difference stance made by Mark Zuckerberg. Made by Will Jones in Piktochart.

Luke introduced me to self-censorship which was something I had not heard of when exploring online identities. Self-censorship is thinking through what we post, making sure it is appropriate for our audience and not embarrass one’s self . This is one reason as to why people create different identities or go anonymous.

Figure 4 – Video about self-censorship. Source: Burns, 2013

Blogging as a online identity

The value of this blog became clear during this topic which was created purely for this module. However, as outlined in Topic.2 there are many benefits to blogging such as self-promotion, and I am keen to keep developing these skills. I am also eager to change my multiple professional identities into a singular identity across all platforms so potential employers and clients can locate them easily.

In conclusion, this topic has changed my thinking towards my online identity attitudes. The learning from my peers has been a tool which is extremely valuable to this module, and it became clear on this topic. Tom and Luke both introduced new concepts to allow me to explore further beyond my work.

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Comments:

My comment on Joanna’s blog: https://joannafairey.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/the-clark-kents-of-the-internet-world/#comment-23

My comment on Tom’s blog: http://tompaterson.info/tom-meet-professional-tom#comment-42


Sources:

Burns, T. (2013) Self Censorship. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psIhxPIg5z8 [Accessed 28 April 2018].

Greenwood, G. (2014) Why privacy matters. Available from: https://www.ted.com/talks/glenn_greenwald_why_privacy_matters?language=en [Accessed 29 April 2018].

Schrodt, P. (2016) Business Insider: Edward Snowden just made an impassioned argument for why privacy is the most important right. Available from: http://uk.businessinsider.com/edward-snowden-privacy-argument-2016-9 [Accessed 29 April 2018].

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