Digital Identity

These two readings are quite different. Digital Identities is mainly focused on who we are on the internet and how we act. It lists different types of users and explains how they leave their digital footprint. The purpose of this writing is to simply inform. It is looking to inform people of common types of users and is looking to start up a conversation about more types of users. Claim Your Own Domain covered a much wider range of topics. It starts off with a story about how her mother saved all of her meaningful school work in a manila envelope. Then the author leads into how technology is replacing physical work and how students work so often gets lost or deleted by the schools at the end of the semester or after the student graduates. Then Watters brings up personal domains. A place where all the work someone has ever done in one place that can be kept for as long as that person would like to keep it. But Watters does not leave it at that, she continues to explain why it is important for people to claim there own domains so they own a place on the web where they can completely be themselves and customize it however they would like to. This is where the digital identities from the other reading come into play. Now that the students have an outlet they can now create their own digital identity. So that they can have a digital presence that is like no one else’s and contains whatever they like. That is the true purpose of all of this. All the articles on blogs and domains are meant to open peoples eyes to the possibilities they can easily access that they might not have known about. And that is why they are so important, because they increase the awareness and help people reach their technological potential.

3 Replies to “Digital Identity”

  1. I can’t imagine having all of my school work disappear, I hope that those kids were able to find a way to keep copies of the work they were most proud of.

  2. The articles are indeed very different and are meant to look at digital identity from very different angles. Can identity by shaped at all by ownership? Who actually shapes the identity, especially online? There are challenges in defining or making a unique identity when there is a great deal of uniformity across platforms. Watters begins to define identity development through ownership and control, while Stewart analyzes a variety of different types of ‘networked selves’ that help define one’s online identity.

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