George (georgeroberts) wrote,
George
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on the Internet nobody knows you are a dog

It has become accepted that on the Internet you can experiment with personal identity: on the Internet nobody knows you are a dog. But I am not finding this to be true any longer.

As I acquire more web-based services, a Flickr account, mySpace (rubbish, I admit), several work blogs (Benchmarking, ePortfolios, Pathfinding) and a SecondLife I find that the borders between these potentially different identities start to collapse into a single, reasonably stable core identity: an identity of many parts, but all exposed. It has become, paradoxically, more difficult for me to maintain separate identities on the Internet. For a long time my Live Journal had links to work blogs but my work blogs never linked back to my LiveJournal. The Internet is community space: public and subject to the public gaze. The more presence I have the less tempted I am to act out transgressve fantasies. As I tag my browsing in del.icio.us, put sites in my PiggyBank, and start to think about mining my browsing history for serendipity I wonder if I want the world to know that I, too, have put the word "nude" in a flicker search bar: more than once. Woof!
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