Instead of being afraid of Yik Yak, campus professionals should embrace it as not only a way for young people to explore creativity and develop their identities, but also as a way for professionals to learn more about the campus environment through students’ eyes (1).
It’s plain to see the advantages that an anonymous space provides to the people that use it. As the Wired article highlights, this anonymous space promotes chances to explore other’s thought processes as it relates to their identity without your physical identity being tied to them. As for misrepresenting yourself online, it isn’t always a bad thing. This can include altering your real name to hide who you are or expressing an idea you don’t believe in. Changing your name most likely isn’t a malicious thing, but merely for the user’s security. Also, being able to express an idea you haven’t explored yet allows one to try on a different identity, which could play an imperative part in helping an individual sort out which aspects of other identities should be included in their own. Thus, skewing your own identity can help build it.
For my final comparison, I searched hurricane Katrina and hurricane Patricia. Surprisingly, hurricane Katrina actually had plenty of tweets using the key phrase, though I discovered this was because people were making comparisons of it to hurricane Patricia which explains its high amount of hits. Patricia had more than Katrina, due to its recency and scale, but I’m sure some of these same tweets included a mention of hurricane Katrina as well as Patricia. It seems that people who tweeted about these hurricanes were mostly the ones affected by it – telling about their family or their experience with dealing with the hurricanes which could lead one to conclude people who weren’t affected by it don’t give it as much attention.
My Twitter Ads:
Twitter seemed to throw ads about games mostly toward me, but they weren’t in any genre I was interested in. They gave me an ad on shoes, and I like style, but this seemed unspecific to me due to the fact I only received one of this ad. Other ads were oddballs: one for entrepreneurship, one to raise the minimum wage, and one to work in DC.
- “Cyberspace When You’re Dead” New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/magazine/09Immortality-t.html?_r=0 (Links to an external site.)
- “Ditch the shoebox for a vault: How to preserve your digital life for decades” Digital Trends http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/keeping-data-safe-eternity/ (Links to an external site.)
- Immortal “Brand Me”: Identity Immersion in a Digital Space
http://www.scribd.com/doc/79841394/Brand-ME (Links to an external site.)
Every day we add to the space that’s left behind when we die. Memories, thoughts, likes, relationships – our identity – floating in space. Though these pieces of us are like stars in a great expanse, this space I refer to, full of fragments of peoples’ lives, is cyberspace.
It’s understood that most people present themselves differently to different people. People selectively present portions of their identity to others based on their roles in their life – I’m no exception to this. For example, when meeting a new person, possible employer, or teacher, I wouldn’t exactly throw out the crude side of my humor at them, when, with my roommate, friends, or girlfriend, some crude humor is appreciated. Society has developed a social norm that you have to be politically correct when engaging with people you don’t know well for obvious reasons. It’s just weird when someone is overly open about their identity and quirks when just meeting them. Perhaps these people don’t understand social cues, or maybe they’re just very comfortable in who they are, but, in short, its socially improper to treat your superiors, or strangers, like buddies.
- Should people be politically correct on the web, or does this limit capabilities for satire?
- How would online interactions change if all individuals online were digitally labeled with their gender?
I’m currently reviewing and searching for sources to connect my ideas. I’m thinking to formulate a conclusion on how the 4chan community and the group Anonymous relate to one another and how their relationship relates to online identity.