Dr Wendy Moncur delivered a talk to our class about Digital social life. She talked about many interesting things surrounding the way that our lives are connected to social media.
When does our life on social media start? When we are born, when we can speak? When we sign up or when we are first talked about on social media?
When does our life on social media end? When we die? When we stop using it? Does it ever really end if we are still talked about on social media?
On average, people under 25 assume 28 different identities online. We use these identities to store mass amounts of data. Pictures of loved ones, texts, junk e-mails, random information. This data ranges from priceless to completely valueless.
Dr Mocur was discussing the information that we should be keeping and discarding. There’s so much data generated by one singles person its almost impossible to sift through it all. Every time we post something online, that says something about who you are and what you think. It can’t be deleted. It’s cemented in cyber space. It becomes cemented in our minds when we read it, even after it’s been deleted.
We were asked to think about the digital materials we would use to show our identities to someone who lives 1000 years from now. We all thought about things like music, pop culture, clothes, videos. The majority of the representations of ourselves were materialistic. As a group we found it quite hard to represent ourselves in this way. We felt like we didn’t really know our audience. How would we know what to share with our unknown audience?
The point Dr Moncur was trying to get us to think about was that it is exactly the same as social media now. Who is looking at your posts? What conclusions are they coming to? Be careful with what you present as you don’t know who your audience is. People present themselves in all manner of ways these days but do they really know how others perceive them?