Topic 2 – Reflection

This week’s topic of online identity provided controversy, intangible ideas and a host of new terms. I felt slightly daunted at the prospect of structuring my post around a topic which, even after substantial reading, still mystified me. I tried to sustain a coherent discussion by focusing on identities through the lens of online security and privacy, exploring how much control a user has over their identity.

I enjoyed experimenting with creating and embedding videos into WordPress; this medium really helped to clarify aspects of online identity, whether through hearing a TedTalk expert explain it out, or by making a Powtoon to communicate the ideas in a more engaging and accessible way.

I was reassured by the variety displayed across other bloggers’ posts, as this demonstrated the breadth of the topic; everyone had a slightly different understanding of what constituted an online identity and therefore multiple identities. Naturally, this sparked several mini debates on branching issues such as authenticity versus anonymity, data mining and digital wellbeing.

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Figure 1: Development of my Topic 2 learning

Rebecca took the ideas in my post about identity in relation to personal online security and applied them to concerns for national security. We discussed the troubling contemporary issue of how we may have to jeopardise the privacy of our social media accounts and confidential online identities, or risk terrorist activity being conducted more freely.

In her impressive post, Patricia explained that her online social presence was split into multiple identities. I challenged her to consider that she may have jumped to conclusions as it appeared a singular profile was pervading across her chosen platforms. The subsequent discussion aided both our understandings and emphasised the fact that online identities can be interpreted in different ways.

This week, it was reading and commenting on other blogs which really helped me to think through the topic and become much clearer on what constitutes an online identity, a topic much more complex than it first appears.

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Figure 2: Pros of different states of online identity

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Comments

Rebecca’s post

Patricia’s post

Figure references

Figure 1: Self-produced using Piktochart

Figure 2: Self-produced using Microsoft PowerPoint

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