The expectation nowadays for this generation to have social media is reiterated by peers over and over again. The pressure is unavoidable. But even then, for those that indulge in the digital world, it seems as though that a person cannot have just one, perfect, well-rounded digital identity anymore. And, even if you could, someone would make it their mission to pick you apart. The digital world had given "a voice to the voiceless", as Ronson says, but not everyone on the internet deserves to have that voice. Now, everything appears on the internet. Everything stays. Good or bad. True or false. Proud or not.
[He] was on the floor then, and we were still kicking, and congratulating ourselves for punching up. - Jon Ronson
Jon Ronson discusses how the good or bad, proud or not digital moments can be held under a microscope for the entire world to see, even when you least suspect it. This type of experience impacted a young lady's future.
The hatred that Jon Ronson has heard of from his discussions with others, like the lady in the video, Justine Sacco, highlights the horrors that the strangers on social media can cause.
We're creating a surveillance society where the smartest way to survive to go back to being voiceless.
Ronson's quote also remains true with the use of social media and the image that we chose to portray. There is much more, for everyone, than what is shown on social media. This was especially true Madison Holleran. Read her story by clicking the image below.
As surprising as this story is for readers, it was also surprising toMadison Holleran's friends and family. The life and persona that Madison's digital identity had taken on, was vastly different from her true identity. Here they share their own unfiltered life stories.
The persona that social media portrays is carefully curated by user. To look into this, I cybersleuthed a colleague from EDTC 300 as an example of a professional digital identity and to explore the persona that people chose to put online. The experience of being asked to do this was strange at first.
Nelly Zepeda is a very common name, which I hadn't expected to find when I began my search. There are several Nelly Zepedas online. One of the Nelly Zepedas that I found even works at Walt Disney World! It seemed tough to know which Nelly was the one that I was searching for. However, the detail that assures me when I've found the correct Nelly from this course is the one that loves Math. Not just anyone would say that, but a passionate teacher would! I would say that Nelly undershares personal information and shares an appropriate amount of professional information based on what I found, and didn't find about her in my cybersleuth exploration.