Topic 2: Reflective Summary

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To be completely honest, there will always be a constant debate on whether online identity should reflect authenticity or anonymity. Whether to stay authentic or be anonymous, the most crucial focus would be for every one to play their part to keep the internet a safe place against internet threats like cyber-bullying, phishing and identity theft, which are majorly on the rise in the current era due to the advancement of technology.

After reading a couple of blog posts on this matter, it is quite evident that a number of people are on the side of having more than one online identity for the main reason of keeping their professional and personal lives separate. As emphasized at most workplaces, employees are to keep their careers and personal lives independently. This is to ensure boundary lines are not blurred and actions or consequences of your personal lives does not affect your career path.

As Jef mentioned, I agree with him on the point that having multiple online identities depends on an individual’s motives and preferences. One should weigh the pros and cons in order to determine which one of the two is more beneficial rather than diving straight into either extremes. Coupled with Huijuan words, at the end of the day, everyone wants privacy, but at the same time, also values transparency and credibility. Ultimately, based on both of their stands, it boils down to the preference of how the individual wants to portray their online identity. From this, i gained further insight and understanding of the topic through the stand and examples they have listed out.

In conclusion, the choice of having more than one online identity is up to each individual’s lifestyle and personality (introvert or extrovert) as long as it does more good than harm.

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Commented blogs:

Huijuan’s Comment: https://huiju4n.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/topic-2/comment-page-1/#comment-3

Jef’s Comment: https://jefsunbear.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/topic-2-who-exactly-are-you-on-the-web/comment-page-1/#comment-7

 

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Topic 2: Which is the real me?

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Before Facebook and Google became the megaliths of the internet, the famous online adage was, “on the internet, no one knows you’re a dog” by Peter Steiner in 1993. The cartoon hit home with the wariness about the facile facade that could be thrown up by anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of html. However, the concept of personal and professional presence on the internet has been clearer – A Facebook account where transparency is high compared to a LinkedIn account where authenticity and presentation as a multi-faceted human with strengths and weaknesses is key. But ultimately, is having more than one online identity beneficial?

“Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.”

Above is a quote by Mark Zuckerberg abstracted from David Kirkpatrick’s book, The Facebook Effect, on having different online identities. As the pursuit of authenticity is creeping into the heart of most social media platforms, the way we portray ourselves online would greatly affect our reputation. This is largely related to employment opportunities where employers would “check out” their prospect employees on their social media platforms to verify their true identity. An article by Steph Palmer and a Youtube video by Michael Fertik would best explain how our digital identity affects our professional future. As it states in a New York Times Magazine piece, “the internet records everything and forgets nothing.”

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On the contrary, having more than one online identity might have its perks as well. Andrew Lewman of the Tor Project argues that anonymity allows people to be in control, be creative, explore what they want to do and who they want to be. Through numerous online identities, it allows people to navigate the multiple and increasingly complex spheres of our lives in the online community. The focus is not about pretending to be someone that you are not; rather, you turn the volume up on some aspects of your identity, and tone down others, all based on the particular online context. An example would be a famous Korean celebrity, G-Dragon, where he maintains an open Instagram account and a private account where it shields him from unnecessary public and media attention due to his international fame.

To wrap it up,  in my personal opinion, it is definitely acceptable to have more than one online identity as long as it does not cause any negative impacts on people like cyber-bullying.

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References:

‘NOBODY KNOWS YOU’RE A DOG’: As iconic Internet cartoon turns 20, creator Peter Steiner knows the idea is as relevant as ever (n.d.). Retrieved November 07, 2016, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/nobody-knows-youre-a-dog-as-iconic-internet-cartoon-turns-20-creator-peter-steiner-knows-the-joke-rings-as-relevant-as-ever/2013/07/31/73372600-f98d-11e2-8e84-c56731a202fb_blog.html

By the way, one thing I think it’s useful to remember about Zuckerberg is that he’s a 25 year old billionaire. Such people are not normal. (n.d.). Facebook’s Zuckerberg: “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity” Retrieved November 07, 2016, from http://www.michaelzimmer.org/2010/05/14/facebooks-zuckerberg-having-two-identities-for-yourself-is-an-example-of-a-lack-of-integrity/
Is An Online Identity Necessary and What Should You Do to Maintain It? (n.d.). Retrieved November 07, 2016, from http://www.michelemmartin.com/thebambooprojectblog/2007/10/is-an-online-id.html
One Identity or More? (.n.d). Retrieved 07 November 2016, from http://buzzmachine.com/2011/03/08/one-identity-or-more
Digital Identity can Affect our Professional Future (.n.d). Retrieved 07 November 2016, from, https://storify.com/svpalmer/digital-identity-can-affect-our-professional-futur

Topic 1: Reflective Summary

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The top picture was taken by me in Thailand this year during May at Artbox with my brother and friends! Amazing place and set up, super hipster and artsy with a live band that my brother fell in love with (he loves music that’s why). Perfectly describes me being a visitor in reality, but the same concept can be applied virtually/digitally as well… you get the drift!

I hopped onto Dayna’s and Hazel’s blog to comment and see what they have written about this topic and boy oh boy we can all raise our hands to the words “digital resident”. I guess all of us were equally attracted to the online community and our social media platforms. Technology has really increase its game and took a notch up since the last era, making us hooked to the cyber world.

The first thought after reading Dayna’s post would be “Oh my gosh i forgot to add images to spice up my blog!!”. Hence, I love the inclusion of an image of her Instagram page to reflect how much of a resident she is in the online society. She also took the effort to give her own interpretation of the topic before throwing out definitions found on google. Definitely some things i can learn from her – adding my own personal touch!

Hazel’s post was definitely as insightful as Dayna’s, boosting my knowledge of the topic well with her detailed explanation on ‘digital visitors’ and ‘digital residents’.  I also love how she already included her social media platforms in the website so people are able to access it easily (which makes the stalking game easier too) haha i’m just kidding.

Looking forward to the next discussion topic already! Till the next one, x.

With love, Beatrice

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Topic 1: Hello! // Digital Visitors VS Digital Residents

Hello!

It feels weird yet exciting to be back blogging again, since i’ve blogged on and off in the past about my own personal life. But now i’m back due to my module which was the last thing i expected! I was on team blogger instead of team wordpress so i’m still getting used to the system and layout here haha. Nonetheless, hope you guys will enjoy the posts up ahead! xx


When i first think about visitors and residents, the idea that hits me would be people “passing by” and people “staying”. The concept is exactly like a tourist who visits another country (visitor) and the citizens living in the country (residents), except this is translated online! Hence why it’s called digital visitors and digital residents.

Apparently according to the research i have done, this is a summary of what i have digged out in point form:

DIGITAL VISITORS:

  • Visitors are unlikely to have any form of persistent profile online which projects their identity into the digital space.
  • They have defined a goal or task and go online to which they use to attain their goal.
  • They are sceptical of services that offer them the ability to put their identity online as don’t feel the need to express themselves by participating in online culture.

DIGITAL RESIDENTS:

  • The resident is an individual who lives a percentage of their life online.
  • These are people who have an persona online which they regularly maintain. This persona is normally primarily in a social networking sites.
  • To Residents, the Web is a place to express opinions, a place in which relationships can be formed and extended and are likely to consider that they ‘belong’ to a community which is located in the virtual.

Personally, i am a 100% a digital resident in the online community. I have a handful of social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to keep up with my friends. I love sharing and posting bits and pieces of my life with friends so it feels as if they are still part of my life exploring with me. And as much as adults love to nag by saying putting yourself on the internet is not safe, i definitely have an online persona and is active on all medias (just not as much on Facebook).

From my perspective, it is absolutely fine to have an online persona or have social networking sites to stay connected to your friends as long as you know where to draw the line. Remember to stay grounded to reality and have sufficient face to face interaction while getting too swallowed into the virtual world till it becomes an addiction. I hope my post has given you a better insight and till the next one!!

With love, Beatrice

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