💬 Our online persona

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I can see that we are not our online personas. They are different than us. Yet they can say a lot about… but they don’t always say what we think they say.

This is such an interesting topic David. In some ways who we are online is somewhat ‘templated‘, however no matter the mask we may wear I feel that we still seep through the cracks somewhere, maybe even smiling with our eyes. This is something took from Alec Couros who suggested that instead of seeing our online presence as somehow being separate, we need to address it as being one aspect of who we are.

I remember thinking early on that there could be a divide between our identity and our ideas. However, I often think back to your comment which challenged me:

As connected learners we are not just curating ideas and resources, we are creating relationships, some are just ‘weak ties’ but others are very meaning, rich and strong. I don’t just read Dean, I hear his voice, I connect to previous things he has said, and I pause just a little longer if he says something I disagree with

However, it is also important to remember, as Chris Wejr captures, is that not everyone is able to be who they are online.

I sometimes wonder if the issue is not who we are ‘online’, but who we are offline? I really like Austin Kleon’s point about keeping a diary as a private space.

I find that my diary is a good place to have bad ideas. I tell my diary everything I shouldn’t tell anybody else, especially everyone on social media. We are in a shitty time in which you can’t really go out on any intellectual limbs publicly, or people — even your so-called friends! — will throw rocks at you or try to saw off the branch. Harsh, but true.

Although I could always do more about communicating who I am online, I do not think I spend near enough time stopping and considering my offline space.

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