Digital identity is a very tricky thing to wrap your head around. The internet can either build you up, even to a point of being a celeb of sorts. But it can also tear you down, even as far as where you’ve lost everything that you once knew. This is evident for a woman named Monica Lewinsky as she speaks in a Ted Talk about her story of how the internet broke her and stole everything from her while sitting behind a screen. She made a simple mistake when she was 22 years old, and it gave way to bullying and the destruction of her identity on the internet. And as the internet continues to grow, the negativity increases with it. This caused Monica to retreat into the shadows and hide for a long time until she decided to speak out about her story and try to stop anything that either is happening or will happen to any others, that happened to her.
Something very similar happened to Justine Sacco when she tried to make a simple joke on twitter to get a reaction from her followers. But as described by Jon Ronson n his Ted Talk, “How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life“, he shows exactly that. As did Monica, Justine made a mistake that cost her everything. As she was entering a plane headed to a vacation shop, she made a remark that she would regret. As the title of the Ted Talk states, this tweet ruined her life. So no matter what platform, people are watching you. What you post, what you like, what you comment on, absolutely everything.
What was really helpful in the case of digital citizenship is that I found a website specifically made for digital citizenship. The website “Digital Citizenship” allows for curious teachers, future teacher, or any wanting to learn more about digital citizenship. They also allow for the researcher to find additional resources if the website doesn’t have what they are looking for.
Then there is a wonderful article called “The IRL Fetish” which describes the fact that we use our technology constantly in our lives whether that is while walking in public or having a meal with your family. Your technology is always there either in your pocket, in your bag, or in close reach. We have lost the reality that we once knew because of these things that we hold so dear to us. The fact is, that we are, in a way, addicted to being in the online world rather than in the real world. With that said, as the internet grows and grows, what we are online, becomes more important than who we are in the real world.
Finally, this might be a short video but it is very impressive on how it displays the importance of the consideration you have before posting online, and his comparison to this posting to an electronic tattoo. And because of these electronic tattoos, what we post and say online is forever just like a real tattoo. I would definitely recommend you take a look at this shirt Ted Talk.