Topic 2

Topic 2: Hidden, fake or multiple online identities

 

I find the words of online identity being described as the ‘best version of ourselves’ and ‘becoming a brand more than a personality’ said by Chase, from the above video, to be very powerful. It opens up the issues of the fact users are becoming controlled online increasingly, as we not only want to fit into the society we live in but also the world wide web. We are controlled by the measurement of our online popularity for example; how many friends you have on Facebook or how many likes you receive on a picture. Moreover, we are controlled by what and when it is appropriate to make an update about ourselves.

 

compare-indeptity-to-motive-topic-1Defining our individual online identity can be tricky and it links back to my previous blog about digital visitors and residents with regards to categorizing users’ identity by our motives to being online. Who am I today could be different to who I am tomorrow. Today I may want to find a date and tomorrow I may need to research for an essay. Therefore, the person I come across as online will frequently change. Mallory Johns says ‘that the different social accounts reflect different parts of our personas.’ (Lee, 2016).  Lee’s experiences are shared with this view as her Instagram was targeted at her friends and she was embarrassed when her family saw her account, whereas on Facebook she openly interacts with her family members. Therefore, her identity is different from friends compared to family this is also the same for an individual’s identity in a professional environment e.g. LinkedIn compared to a social environment e.g. Facebook.

Slideshow: examples of users with hidden, fake or multiple online identities.

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From Krotoski’s article, it seems that he believes open identities help develop and explore people’s personalities deeper, making individuals more accessible. I agree with him and this is beneficial in terms of engaging on a wider scale within each community (Costa &Torres, 2011). Having a hidden or multiple online identities can make people feel validated in society and reach out to a wider audience. To have a false identity gives some sense of privacy so reduces risk of having your identity stolen or facing stalkers. Nevertheless, having multiple identities can lead to confusion with which account has what identity. Also, chances of bullying could increase if someone comes to realise an account is fake, they may use this against you as they would assume you are vulnerable.

 

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If you are interested in gathering ideas about online identity further, I would recommend watching the below video which I found to be engaging and insightful:

 

References:

Krotoski, A. (2012). “Is online authenticity or anonymity more important?”. The Guardian. [Accessed 24 Oct. 2016]

Costa, C., & Torres, R. (2011). ‘To be or not to be? The importance of digital identity in the networked society’. Educação, Formação & Tecnologias, page 47-53. [Accessed 24 Oct. 2016]

Lee, N. (2016). ‘Having multiple online identities is more normal than you think’ engagnet uk [online] [Accessed 24 Oct. 2016]

Faith J., Sirenm S., Lee A. (2011). ‘The Pros & Cons of Your Online Identity’.  Independent Fashion Bloggers [Accessed 24 Oct. 2016]

SoulPancake. (2016). ‘Online vs. Offline Self: Who is the Real You? | New Age Creators’ YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZAkZ4TzSEA

Wikipedia. (2016). Miranda Sings [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_Sings [Accessed 25 Oct. 2016].

Common Sense Education. (2014). “Henry’s Story: Creating Online Identities”. YouTube. Available at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tacqkeeceqs

YouTube Channel. Bethany Mota: https://www.youtube.com/user/Macbarbie07

YouTube Channel. Miranda Sings: https://www.youtube.com/user/mirandasings08

Dictionary.com. (2016). Pseudonym. [online] [Accessed 25 Oct. 2016].

Urban Dictionary. (2016). Catfishing. [online] [Accessed 25 Oct. 2016].

 

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14 thoughts on “Topic 2: Hidden, fake or multiple online identities

  1. Hi Davina,

    I thoroughly enjoyed the video you shared by Chase, it really opened my eyes to the fact that we are essentially airbrushing our online identities. In real life people can see our imperfections that make each one of us unique; but online, people feel the need to brag or compete with each other to give the illusion or “highlight” of their life.

    I completely agree with Mallory John’s statement, depending on our purpose for being online, we may appear very differently to our audience. In my own blog I mention the idea that our LinkedIn profile will show a different side of our personality compared to a personal social media account. I feel if we accept that your characteristics can change depending on who you are interacting with in real life, then why can we not accept this online?

    Tiffany

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  2. Hi Davina,

    I really liked how you have included a slideshow of examples to support your point. I thought the examples that were used worked well as they showed how people used their multiple identities for such different things.

    You briefly mentioned that anonymity online could lead to bullying if someone realised that the account was fake. I also question whether perhaps an anonymous account attracts more cyberbullies or whether the cyberbullies use anonymity themselves as a form of protection? I’ve often seen hate comments on a celebrities page from anonymous accounts as they’re too scared to say such things on their personal accounts.

    At what point do you think that these anonymous accounts be policed? Surely, if fake accounts are attracting cyber bullying then they should be regulated by some means? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

    Thanks, Hannah

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  3. Hi Tiffany,

    Thanks for your feedback. I completely agree with your point about people feeling the need to brag about certain aspects of their life or to blow it out of proportion online, in order to feel accepted within the online community

    I understand your point and I believe that people do accept personal characteristics changing depending on who we are interacting with online as we do in life. My manager gave me the advice to keep my LinkedIn profile professional and says to do as a wish on Facebook or Instagram, within reason. I just believe that some people have a completely different persona online as they do in real life for example, saying nasty comments or being more confident and this is not widely accepted.

    Davina

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  4. Hi Hannah!

    Thank you for your feedback, I am glad you liked the slideshow – I tried to make it visual and give lots of examples to make the post interesting.

    Yes, I personally think that anonymous accounts attract more malicious behaviour and cyberbullying as users know their identity is protected therefore, they believe they can get away with anything. Just like someone robbing a bank – a robber would be less likely to rob a bank without a mask than if he/she had one because no-one knows who they are and they will not get caught.

    I agree completely with anonymous accounts being policed. When I was researching to write my blog post, I was surprised to find that there are not actually any substantial laws enforced in regards to false identities or hate crime online. I do not think it is taken seriously and this is a big issue on social media today. If someone says something mean or inappropriate the only option to majority of people is to just report that comment and it doesn’t seem like there is much of an outcome when that happens. The individual continues to act malicious. Moreover, fake/hidden accounts that are created with the motive to be a bully are also not seriously looked into and I believe this is making the online community more corrupt – it definitely need to be policed. It is just about how and what the most effective way to do this is.

    Thanks,
    Davina

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  5. Hi Davina,

    I enjoyed the introduction and thought that the use of media from start to finish worked well in breaking up the text and providing extra insight towards your writing. In particular, the slideshow you created was extremely interesting – it provided a balanced and simple view of some pro’s and con’s of having multiple identities, without bias.

    Your final paragraph was insightful and full of valid reasons for and against having multiple online identities. Personally, I would have preferred this to be your second paragraph as I felt it really addressed the topic and that way you could have developed your points more – for example the answer you have Hannah relating to cyber bullying, using the bank robber analogy would have been great to see included within the post.

    On the whole it was a great read, and I look forward to seeing more in the future!

    Tobie

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  6. Hi Davina,

    I really enjoy your bolg because you have different points with me and made me consider online identity from different perspectives. I only focused good and bad of having many online identities, and I like one point which you mentioned in your blog is ‘that the different social accounts reflect different parts of our personas.’ You gave good analysis and example, and used many research to suppose your post as well. Moreover, I like the video and the slideshow you used which support your point.
    From my post, what I considered is there is not absolute good or bad of having many online identities. The good is like what you mentioned it is different parts of our personas which is make us more comfortable. The bad is anonymity are so crazy to attack people online or spreading rumors.
    Overall, I really like your post and look forward your next post!

    Xiaolu

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  7. Hi Davina! I’m making this comment partly so that I can show our cohort from Singapore how to link comments properly (there are over 50 of them, so as you can imagine there simply isn’t time to hunt through finding comments, and partly to say that your blog and reflection was one of the best for me this week so well done! You’ll be a good example for our colleagues doing MANG2049.

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