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Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu
Sarah Bond, in Forbes: "At first glance, Academia.edu looks like a win-win situation. The platform allows users to create a profile, upload their work, tag certain interests and then to tap into large networks of people with like research interests among the almost 47 million users from around the globe. But looks—and names—aren't always what they seem."
academiadotedu  academia  socialmedia  highered  portfolios  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2019 by warnick
Me and my Shadow
"Through your computer, mobile phone, and other digital devices, you leave behind hundreds of digital traces (also called data traces) every day: bits of information about you that are created, stored, and collected. When your digital traces are put together to create stories about you or profiles of you, these become your digital shadows. These can give others huge insight into your life; and they can also be totally wrong. Either way, once they're out there, they are almost impossible to control...."
internet  privacy  surveillance  digitalself  onlineidentity  data 
november 2017 by warnick
Building a static website with Jekyll and GitHub Pages
Helpful tutorial by Amanda Visconti: "This lesson is for you if you’d like an entirely free, easy-to-maintain, preservation-friendly, secure website over which you have full control, such as a scholarly blog, project website, or online portfolio. At the end of this lesson, you’ll have a basic live website where you can publish content that other people can visit ... and you’ll also have some resources to explore if you want to further customize the site."
github  jekyll  portfolios  digitalself  static  webdesign  4814 
june 2017 by warnick
How to Build Your Professional Portfolio as a Developer
Emily Schweiss: "As humans, we don’t typically enjoy selling ourselves. It feels awkward, which makes creating a professional portfolio a daunting task. It’s hard to know where to begin, what to focus on, and how it should look. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back."
portfolios  digitalself 
june 2017 by warnick
Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?
Tim Herrera, in the NY Times: "You’ve probably thought about what will happen to your finances, your possessions and maybe even your real estate when you die. But what about your Facebook account? Or your hard-drive backups?"
death  nytimes  digitalself  socialmedia 
january 2017 by warnick
I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators
Lindy West, in the Guardian: "Twitter, for the past five years, has been a machine where I put in unpaid work and tension headaches come out."
twitter  digitalself  lindywest  socialmedia  trolling 
january 2017 by warnick
Citations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account a scholar’s presence in popular media.
Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr make a bold argument: "It may be time to reassess scholars’ performance. For tenure and promotion considerations, scholars’ impacts on policy formulation and public debates should also be assessed. These publications often showcase the practical relevance and potential application of the research results to solve real world problems."
tenure  socialmedia  digitalself  academia 
december 2016 by warnick
Redesigning Waxy, 2016 edition
Andy Baio makes the case for old-school blogging: "Here, I control my words. Nobody can shut this site down, run annoying ads on it, or sell it to a phone company. Nobody can tell me what I can or can’t say, and I have complete control over the way it’s displayed. Nobody except me can change the URL structure, breaking 14 years of links to content on the web."
dooo  blogging  andybaio  onlineidentity  digitalself 
november 2016 by warnick
Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.
Cal Newport, an author with no social media presence, writing in the NY Times: "The idea of purposefully introducing into my life a service designed to fragment my attention is as scary to me as the idea of smoking would be to an endurance athlete, and it should be to you if you’re serious about creating things that matter."
socialmedia  digitalself  productivity  calnewport  distraction  nytimes 
november 2016 by warnick
Breaking Up With Twitter
Farhad Manjoo on post-election Twitter exiles: "[I]t wouldn’t be much of a surprise if this moment turns out to be the peak for Twitter. After the election, a handful of Twitter loyalists confessed to feeling alienation over the role the service played in their lives, and the country, this year."
twitter  nytimes  socialmedia  digitalself 
november 2016 by warnick
What Is a TinyLetter? Like Ye Olde Blog, but Less Public
Teddy Wayne, in the NY Times: "We now find ourselves in the era of the personal email newsletter, an almost retro delivery system that blurs borders between the public and the private, and mashes up characteristics of the analog and digital ages."
nytimes  teddywayne  tiny  letter  newsletter  blogging  digitalself 
november 2016 by warnick
The art of hosting good online conversations
Howard Rheingold's list of tips, first published in 1998, is still spot-on today: "Communities don’t just happen automatically when you provide communication tools: under the right conditions, online communities grow. They are gardened."
howardrheingold  onlinecommunities  communitymanagement  digitalself 
october 2016 by warnick
Death and MetaFilter
Josh Millard reflects on one of the unforeseen challenges of managing an online community: "Even on a site like MetaFilter where people tend to be a few standard deviations more decent to one another than the typical internet comments section dumpster fire, people have bad days, bad moods, bad instincts. It’s a job where you have to put up with people living through their worst moments and taking it out on you. I was ready. I knew this. But I didn’t know I’d be dealing with people dying."
joshmillard  metafilter  onlinecommunities  digitalself  death  mediumdotcom 
october 2016 by warnick
This Generation Will Be Fine: Why Social Media Won’t Ruin Us
Gary Vaynerchuk: "The problem is that we get scared of everything that we didn’t grow up with; it’s what human beings do. Every new medium brings along a healthy fear that the newest invention will ruin society."
garyvaynerchuk  youth  technology  millennials  socialmedia  optimism  digitalself 
september 2016 by warnick
The lost infrastructure of social media
Anil Dash: "More than a decade ago, the earliest era of blogging provided a set of separate but related technologies that helped the nascent form thrive. Today, most have faded away and been forgotten, but new incarnations of these features could still be valuable."
anildash  socialmedia  digitalself  blogging  internet  history 
september 2016 by warnick
Perfectly Practical Tips for Using Twitter
Liz Covart and Joseph Adelman: "From our conversations, we have realized that most of the guides to using Twitter focus primarily in generating a follower base and otherwise building an audience. That’s worthwhile, of course, but it means that there is room for something that discusses how to craft an individual tweet, including how to use links, hashtags, and other tools in tweets."
twitter  socialmedia  digitalself 
september 2016 by warnick
Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors: The Physical Underbelly of the Internet
Maria Popova cover's Ben Mendelsohn's new short film. "We keep thinking and reading about the Internet as a cultural phenomenon, but what about its palpable physicality? In 2010, it was estimated that the world produced over one thousand exobytes of new data, or one trillion gigabytes. Most of it doesn’t stay put — instead, it travels through the world’s servers, but where exactly does it go?"
mariapopova  internet  infrastructure  tubes  digitalself 
september 2016 by warnick
TED Talk: Discover the Physical Side of the Internet
"When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it — the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net."
andrewblum  tubes  internet  infrastructure  digitalself 
september 2016 by warnick
Teaching Students to Be Public Intellectuals
Sarah Madsen Hardy and Marisa Milanese, in the Chronicle of Higher Education: "As writing instructors, we see how much our students learn when they confront the same challenge of translating their academic arguments for audiences who are intellectually ambitious but expect accessible prose and an immediate sense of the argument’s relevance to their lives. The rhetorical lessons are transformative for all writers — not 'even' for undergraduates, but especially for undergraduates."
chronicle  writingstudies  writing  publication  digitalself 
july 2016 by warnick
How to Build a Twitter Following — and Why You Should
Rob Jenkins, in the Chronicle's Vitae: "[This column is] for people like me: midcareer faculty members who are not digital natives and who are naturally a bit intimidated by — and perhaps even suspicious of — technology. (I finally caved and bought a smartphone last month.) If you’re in that category, and you’ve been wondering lately if maybe you should try using social-media sites like Twitter to increase your impact on your field, not to mention the wider world, the answer is that you should, and you can. Here’s how."
twitter  socialmedia  digitalself 
july 2016 by warnick
I Am Sybil
BYU's Phil Windley, with some musings related to Domain of One's Own: "You have no digital representation of your individual identity. Rather, you have various identities, disconnected and spread out among the administrative domains of the various services you use."
onlineidentity  digitalself  dooo  byu  privacy 
july 2016 by warnick
Fear of Screens
Nathan Jurgenson interrogates Sherry Turkle's work: "Turkle asks imploringly, 'Have we forgot what conversation is? What friendship is?' ... These questions, and the concern behind them, are prevalent because they seem to have an almost intuitive appeal. Who hasn’t wondered about their dependency on digital convenience, on the constant contact and unprecedented visibility on social media? But how intuitive, really, is her claim that we are all broken? That young people, especially, have been made digital subhumans?"
thenewinquiry  nathanjurgenson  sherryturkle  digitalself  youth  technology 
july 2016 by warnick
The End of Reflection
Teddy Wayne, in the NY Times: "In a world in which a phone or computer is rarely more than arm’s length away, are we eliminating introspection at times that may have formerly been conducive to it? And is the depth of that reflection compromised because we have retrained ourselves to seek out the immediate gratification of external stimuli?"
reflection  internet  technology  attention  distraction  psychology  digitalself 
june 2016 by warnick
Holdouts of the Social Media Age
Teddy Wayne, in the NY Times: "As hoi polloi shamelessly promote themselves, bestow disingenuous praise upon colleagues in hopes of receiving it in return and peck out snarkily hashtagged jokes during awards shows, the person who remains offline accrues mystique and is viewed as nobly intentioned, an elusive object of fascination rather than an accessible subject of self-glorification. Who knows how they’re spending their time? Likely working hard for some transcendent and paradigm-shifting purpose, their online absence suggests. But post a tweet, and everyone knows what you’re doing at that moment: idly looking at a screen, chasing after notice."
digitalself  onlineidentity  socialmedia  nytimes 
march 2016 by warnick
We Are Hopelessly Hooked
Jacob Weisberg reviews new books about digital culture by Turtle, Reagle, and Eyal: "If so much of what we do on the Internet is harmful to us, and harmful to one another, perhaps we should do less of it. But that turns out to be not so simple."
technology  digitalself  addiction  psychology  discourse  internetculture  bookreview 
march 2016 by warnick
No direction home
Good advice for job seekers from Seth Godin about how to get noticed by employers: "Where online can I see the trail of magic you regularly create?"
sethgodin  jobs  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2016 by warnick
A map of all the underwater cables that connect the internet
Nice explainer from Vox: "The cables are so widely used, as opposed to satellite transmission, because they're so reliable and fast: with high speeds and backup routes available, they rarely fail. And that means they've become a key part of the global economy and the way the world connects."
internet  infrastructure  maps  digitalself 
november 2015 by warnick
Is Mark Zuckerberg Ready for Facebook Parenthood?
Elisa Albert, in the NY Times: "I took my son to a reading last summer, and people called him by name, said hi to him, asked him about his interests. Not a shy child, he clung to me, thoroughly freaked by these strangers who seemed to know him. 'I’ve seen you on Instagram,' someone told him, and he rolled his eyes."
facebook  parenting  socialmedia  privacy  digitalself  digitalculture 
november 2015 by warnick
If You're Not Paranoid, You're Crazy
Walter Kirn, in the Atlantic, on the rise of government and corporate surveillance: "Detailed logs of behaviors that I found tame—my Amazon purchases, my online comments, and even my meanderings through the physical world, collected by biometric scanners, say, or license-plate readers on police cars—might someday be read in a hundred different ways by powers whose purposes I couldn’t fathom now. They say you can quote the Bible to support almost any conceivable proposition, and I could only imagine the range of charges that selective looks at my data might render plausible."
privacy  surveillance  atlanticmonthly  walterkirn  digitalself 
november 2015 by warnick
The Deception that Lurks in Our Data-Driven World
Alexis Madrigal: "We’ve deceived ourselves into thinking data is a camera, but it’s really an engine. Capturing data about something changes the way that something works. Even the mere collection of stats is not a neutral act, but a way of reshaping the thing itself."
fusion  alexismadrigal  data  bigdata  digitalself 
october 2015 by warnick
Motherhood, Screened Off
Susan Dominus reflects on parenthood in the digital age: "[I]t seems safe to say that our own parents probably gave more attention to their myriad daily tasks than they did to their children, too, and even did so in their children’s presence. I see my mother, circa 1982, the bills spread out on the kitchen table, her checkbook in front of her; I hear her on the phone as she is writing down directions to someone’s house. The difference is that those tasks, by virtue of not all transpiring on one opaque device, were tangible and thus felt legitimate."
parenting  nytimes  phone  digitalself  screentime 
september 2015 by warnick
Qualitative self-tracking and the Qualified Self
Mark Carrigan: "Quantitative self-tracking pre-existed the Quantified Self, as well as the novel practices that began to diffuse and prompted the elaboration of the QS. But I think qualitative self-tracking goes back much further. It’s the continuities that interest me here and how examination of what is similar can help us better understand what is different about our present circumstances."
quantifiedself  data  reflection  digitalself 
may 2015 by warnick
“Know Thy Selfie”: A Selfie Group Discussion Assignment
Adeline Koh writes about implementing an assignment created by Mark C. Marino: "Your students take selfies, you probably do as well. But how do we encourage our students to think critically about the selfie as cultural artifact?"
selfie  digitalself  3844  pedagogy  assignments 
march 2015 by warnick
Notifications & Alerts
Another Medium post by Paul Ford that makes me want to move to the woods: "I erased most of my TODO list since I really only need to stay alive and listen to people and everything else is a lie."
paulford  mediumdotcom  internetculture  digitalself  distraction  technology 
march 2015 by warnick
Digital Identity Mapping
Great "digital self" assignment from Traci Gardner.
digitalself  onlineidentity  3844 
february 2015 by warnick
Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful
Claire Cain Miller points to some new research in the NY Times: "[W]hy do we keep hearing that technology is harmful? Fear of technology is nothing new. Telephones, watches and televisions were similarly believed to interrupt people’s lives and pressure them to be more productive. In some ways they did, but the benefits offset the stressors. New technology is making our lives different, but not necessarily more stressful than they would have been otherwise."
nytimes  internet  addiction  stress  happiness  digitalself 
february 2015 by warnick
The Clutter Cure's Illusory Joy
Pamela Druckerman explains why decluttering doesn't really work: "But the more stuff I shed, the more I realize that we de-clutterers feel besieged by more than just our possessions. We’re also overwhelmed by the intangible detritus of 21st-century life: unreturned emails; unprinted family photos; the ceaseless ticker of other people’s lives on Facebook; the heightened demands of parenting; and the suspicion that we’ll be checking our phones every 15 minutes, forever. I can sit in an empty room, and still get nothing done."
clutter  nytimes  digitalself  selfhelp  advice 
february 2015 by warnick
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life
Jon Ronson on social media shaming, in the NY Times: "[I]n those early days, the collective fury felt righteous, powerful and effective. It felt as if hierarchies were being dismantled, as if justice were being democratized. As time passed, though, I watched these shame campaigns multiply, to the point that they targeted not just powerful institutions and public figures but really anyone perceived to have done something offensive. I also began to marvel at the disconnect between the severity of the crime and the gleeful savagery of the punishment. It almost felt as if shamings were now happening for their own sake, as if they were following a script."
nytimes  socialmedia  justinesacco  internetculture  digitalrhetoric  digitalself 
february 2015 by warnick
Yik Yak Rhetorics
Jeff Rice, in Inside Higher Ed: "Yik Yak is admission that there is no private without the public. Social media have always been a space that – because of the sense of proximity – feels private, but is, in fact, public."
jeffrice  ihe  yikyak  socialmedia  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
How to Disappear (almost) Completely: the illusion of privacy
Daniel Cooper, on Engadget: "Can anyone ever really leave the internet? And if you had the choice, is that something that you'd want to do? After all, abandoning the connected world might help you reclaim some privacy, but even if you smashed your PC, burned your tablet and tossed your smartphone, you might still not be able to escape constant surveillance. In our three-part series How To Disappear, we're going to look at why you'd think about going offline, what you can do to tidy up your digital footprint and what happens to those who have made the leap into the darkness."
engadget  privacy  surveillance  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2015 by warnick
Facebook’s Last Taboo: The Unhappy Marriage
Hannah Seligson, in the NY Times: "[T]hose who have spent more than a few passing minutes on Facebook could attest to the fact that marriage is usually portrayed in an exceptionally positive light, more so than other areas of our lives. There is far more social acceptability to not only grumble but to seek input about the missteps in our careers or the sleep deprivation that goes with child rearing than about the possible fissures in a marriage."
nytimes  facebook  marriage  relationships  digitalself 
january 2015 by warnick
The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the 'Erasable Internet'
Farhad Manjoo: "[H]ere’s the thing about the digital world that we must remember. Nothing you say in any form mediated through digital technology — absolutely nothing at all — is guaranteed to stay private. Before you type anything, just think: How will this look when it gets out?"
nytimes  privacy  internet  digitalself  digitalrhetoric  3844 
january 2015 by warnick
What to do when your Facebook friend posts something offensive
It's 2014, so of course we need flowcharts to help us navigate our social media lives.
facebook  socialmedia  flowchart  digitalself 
december 2014 by warnick
The Perils of Electronic Communications
A simple but important reminder from David Sparks: "here are a few tips the next time you start writing something in an email or text message you don't feel comfortable projecting on the side of your house: 1. Don't 2. Do 3. It. There it is. Three easy tips."
communication  privacy  digitalself 
december 2014 by warnick
What is a digital identity?
Interesting video made by three students at the University of Mary Washington: "For our final project, Jack, Emily, and I decided to make a documentary about digital identities. We decided interview UMW students and staff in order to see what people at UMW think a digital identity is and how their digital identity may differ from their 'offline' identity."
digitalself  onlineidentity 
december 2014 by warnick
Why Every Job Seeker Should Have a Personal Website, And What It Should Include
Forbes: "56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website."
eportfolio  onlineidentity  jobmarket  forbes  digitalself 
november 2014 by warnick
Online Relationships Are Real
Cody C. Delistraty, in the Atlantic: "The question, then, is whether these relationships in the virtual world are still the same as relationships pursued in the real world or is there a fundamental difference, as Baudrillard would have claimed? Can we still call love 'love' if it’s passing through a screen?"
atlanticmonthly  love  relationships  digitalself  onlineidentity  baudrillard 
november 2014 by warnick
The Secret Life of Passwords
Ian Urbina, in the NY Times: "Yes, I understand why passwords are universally despised: the strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. I hate them, too. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives."
nytimes  passwords  digital  culture  security  digitalself 
november 2014 by warnick
The Grid
"AI websites that design themselves." Not sure I would ever want such a thing, but this is an interesting trend.
webdesign  cms  personalweb  digitalself  algorithms 
october 2014 by warnick
Quantify Everything: A Dream of a Feminist Data Future
Amelia Abreu, in Model View Culture: "Much of the promise of the Quantified Self movement is in the discovery and adoption of near-perfect, near-universal metrics. If we can develop the perfect measurement for an object and its functions, nothing can be out of order, and we all can achieve a sort of equal footing. This is a dangerous line of thinking, and one that’s been problematized since Rousseau."
feminism  quantifiedself  data  digitalself 
september 2014 by warnick
Selfie Researchers
"The Selfies Research Network is an international group of academics studying the social and cultural implications of the selfie. Our membership includes teachers, students, visual artists, reporters, and others from around the globe. Our projects include publications, conference panels, gallery installations, and teaching resources regarding the politics and aesthetics of selfie culture."
selfie  digitalself  onlineidentity 
september 2014 by warnick
A lo-fi solution to getting your writing online quickly and for free. Kind of like Medium.com, just stripped down to the basics.
github  markdown  writing  digitalself  personalweb 
september 2014 by warnick
A Life in Data: Nicholas Felton's Self-Surveillance
Nice NY Times profile (and video) about the Feltron Annual Report: "For this year’s annual report, which he began working on in early 2013, he decided to focus only on his communications. In light of the news last summer about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, his report may have new relevance."
nicholasfelton  feltron  nytimes  dataviz  digitalself 
august 2014 by warnick
A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone
NPR report by Molly Roberts: "Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die. Or maybe not."
npr  digitalself  death  onlineidentity 
august 2014 by warnick
What Is Public?
Anil Dash: "Public is not simply defined. Public is not just what can be viewed by others, but a fragile set of social conventions about what behaviors are acceptable and appropriate. There are people determined to profit from expanding and redefining what’s public, working to treat nearly everything we say or do as a public work they can exploit. They may succeed before we even put up a fight."
anildash  privacy  digitalself 
july 2014 by warnick
How to Invent a Person Online
Curis Wallen, in the Atlantic: "It’s not an exaggeration to say everything you do online is being followed. And the more precisely a company can tailor your online experience, the more money it can make from advertisers. As a result, the Internet you see is different from the Internet anyone else might see. It’s seamlessly assembled each millisecond, designed specifically to influence you. I began to wonder what it would be like to evade this constant digital surveillance—to disappear online. From that question, Aaron Brown was born."
onlineidentity  digitalself  privacy  atlanticmonthly 
july 2014 by warnick
Breaking up with Facebook: Untethering from the Ideological Freight of Online Surveillance
Estee Beck, writing at Hybrid Pedagogy: "Do we want to live our digital lives being constantly tracked? Do we want our legally tracked digital data sold and possibly used in ways that harm instead of support us? Make no mistake, we are on a precipice, tracking technologies will only increase, especially with Google’s work in the 'Internet of Things' and digital surveillance may become more pervasive and invasive then it is already."
esteebeck  surveillance  privacy  facebook  pedagogy  digitalself 
june 2014 by warnick
What Do We Save When We Save the Internet?
Ian Bogost on net neutrality: "The Internet is a thing we do. It might be righteous to hope to save it. Yet, righteousness is an oil that leaks from fundamentalist engines, machines oblivious to the flesh their gears butcher. Common carriage is sensical and reasonable. But there’s also something profoundly terrible about the status quo. And while it’s possible that limitations of network neutrality will only make that status quo worse, it’s also possible that some kind of calamity is necessary to remedy the ills of life online."
ianbogost  atlanticmonthly  netneutrality  internet  business  digitalself 
may 2014 by warnick
My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal
Janet Vertesi's experiment? Trying to hide her pregnancy from the internet: "[T]he things I had to do to evade marketing detection looked suspiciously like illicit activities. All I was trying to do was to fight for the right for a transaction to be just a transaction, not an excuse for a thousand little trackers to follow me around. But avoiding the big data dragnet meant that I not only looked like a rude family member or an inconsiderate friend, I also looked like a bad citizen."
advertising  anonymity  bigdata  privacy  digitalself  pregnancy 
may 2014 by warnick
We Need Online Alter Egos Now More Than Ever
Judith S. Donath, in Wired: "Insisting that people use their real names online to prevent trolling and ensure civility ignores the fact that using real names online is quite different than using them in person. In the physical world, space and time separate facets of our lives, providing everyday privacy. Even though you use your real name in conversations you have in person with your podiatrist or pastor, those conversations and opinions are not accessible to your co-workers and neighbors. Online, however, the product review you generously provided for an underarm deodorant or for books about coping with binge eating or bed-wetting, will, if written under your real name, be part of your online portrait, what your neighbors, kids and random strangers see about you. Online, words persist forever, in vast searchable databases. Anything you say or do using your real name is permanently attached to it."
onlineidentity  digitalself  anonymity  pseudonyms  wiredmagazine 
april 2014 by warnick
Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native'
The Chronicle: "'It is problematic that there are so many assumptions about how just because a young person grew up with digital media, which in fact many have, that they are automatically savvy,' Ms. Hargittai says. 'That is simply not the case. There are increasing amounts of empirical evidence to suggest the contrary.'"
chronicle  socialmedia  digitalliteracies  3844  onlineidentity  digitalself 
april 2014 by warnick
The Pointlessness of Unplugging
Casey N. Cep, in The New Yorker: "If it takes unplugging to learn how better to live plugged in, so be it. But let’s not mistake such experiments in asceticism for a sustainable way of life. For most of us, the modern world is full of gadgets and electronics, and we’d do better to reflect on how we can live there than to pretend we can live elsewhere."
newyorker  internetculture  digitalself  unplugging  technology 
april 2014 by warnick
Facebook of the Dead
Alexander Landfair in the Missouri Review: "Death’s unfixedness online suggests we don’t quite yet live in an Internet culture, though we say we do. The Internet Age won’t truly have arrived until social media accommodates the whole of human life, of which death is a fundamental part."
facebook  socialmedia  death  digitalself 
march 2014 by warnick
Interesting new social media site: "Our first product is fun social gratitude journal combined with a positive community. Be encouraged to keep track of the happy moments in your day and get an uplifting boost whenever you need one."
happiness  socialmedia  psychology  digitalself 
march 2014 by warnick
Happiness Is a Warm iPhone
Charles Yu, in the NY Times: "I confess: The sexier our high-tech stuff gets, the less I am able to feel anything about it. I can’t fall in love anymore."
nytimes  technology  nostalgia  digitalself 
february 2014 by warnick
Why should I reveal my 'real identity' online? Anonymity isn't so terrible
Martin Clear on online anonymity: "If you have nothing to hide, these people say, you shouldn't have a problem with having to identify yourself. Well guess what? I have lots to hide! Everybody does. Mostly because some aspects of one's life are only of interest to people who have specifically expressed interest in that aspect."
guardian  martinclear  anonymity  socialmedia  digitalself 
january 2014 by warnick
Narcissists’ New Need: More Twitter Followers
Research in Computers in Human Behavior: “[N]arcissistic college students prefer to post content on Twitter, while narcissistic adults prefer to post content on Facebook.”
socialmedia  facebook  twitter  narcissism  digitalself  research 
january 2014 by warnick
Facebook cleansing: How to delete all of your account activity
Jennifer Golbeck, in Slate: "As our online lives become more important, so too does our ability to curate them. The tools for this aren’t yet mature, but the market is there—both for existing social media companies and startups."
slate  facebook  privacy  digitalself  socialmedia  3844 
january 2014 by warnick
What happens to your digital life after death?
Good advice from the Pew Research Center: "Until the legal procedures are made clear experts are advising people to treat their digital assets as they would any other asset.  They recommend that users appoint someone to be in control, make a list of accounts and passwords, and give clear instructions on how to handle each individual account."
digitalself  onlineidentity  death  socialmedia  pew 
december 2013 by warnick
How to delete and protect the digital identities of the deceased
Some good, practical instructions for dealing with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media services after someone dies. "Family members and friends question if they should take down the loved one’s social media or leave it as a memorial for people to leave comments and reflect.... If the family members or friends do decide to delete the digital identity of their loved one, then here are some tips on how to request the removal of the deceased’s account."
socialmedia  death  onlineidentity  digitalself 
december 2013 by warnick
How Not to Be a Jerk With Your Stupid Smartphone
Sadly, the solution is not as simple as the title makes it sound: "While it would be nice if the social disruption inherent to our increasingly complex technological age could be micro-managed in a technocratic way, there's simply too much diversity in circumstances, sensibilities, and skill for etiquette lists containing categorical dos and don’ts to be generally desirable. Simplicity is reassuring, but there’s no way to escape from the existentially uneasy position of constantly experimenting, ceaselessly observing what others expect, and using good judgment to make necessary adjustments."
atlanticmonthly  cellphones  etiquette  technology  3844  digitalself 
december 2013 by warnick
Online Anonymity Is Not Only for Trolls and Political Dissidents
Dave Maass: "To suggest anonymity should be forbidden because of troll-noise is just as bad as suggesting a ban on protesting because the only demonstrators you have ever encountered are from the Westboro Baptist Church—the trolls of the picket world. People who say otherwise need to widen their experience and understanding of the online world. The online spaces we know and love would be doomed without anonymity, even if the security of that anonymity is far from absolute or impenetrable."
onlineidentity  anonymity  privacy  eff  digitalself  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
Does my identity live on online after I die?
Patrick Stokes: "It wasn’t long ago that the internet was an anonymous, disembodied place where you could play at being anyone you wanted to, largely without consequence. That anonymous world is still there, of course. You can still pretend to be younger and hotter, or a Nigerian prince, or a dying blogger. But it’s shrinking fast. Most of us are increasingly tethered to our identities online, and not just because much of our online activity is in environments where our real names, locations and professional affiliations are used. Our bodies are online, too."
onlineidentity  digitalself  death 
november 2013 by warnick
The death and life of great Internet cities
Joe Kloc looks back at online life before Facebook: "Petsburg was just one of the 40 neighborhoods that made up the metropolis of Geocities, which, in its 15 years of existence, housed some 38 million online residents. It was arguably the world’s first and last Internet city. Were it a physical place, it would have been by far the largest urban area in the world."
internetculture  history  geocities  onlinecommunities  digitalself  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
6 Reasons We Share Too Much Online, According to Behavioral Scientists
Mother Jones: "Our bounded rationality on privacy matters makes us more vulnerable to all sorts of persuasion tactics aimed at getting us to disclose things. Behold the following behavioral examples of how, even if we really care about online privacy, we're easily prodded into behaving as though we don't."
internetculture  psychology  ux  privacy  digitalself 
october 2013 by warnick
Here's How Twitter Can Track You on All of Your Devices
Josh Harkinson explains why Twitter might be the greatest threat to online privacy: "Many of its 200 million users tweet from all of their devices—laptops, desktops, smartphones, iPads etc. That means Twitter has what only a handful of other tech titans possess: a digital Rosetta Stone that enables it to know who you are, wherever you are."
twitter  privacy  onlineidentity  advertising  motherjones  3844  digitalself 
october 2013 by warnick
Twitter Bios and What They Really Say
NY Times: "The Twitter bio is a postmodern art form, an opportunity in 160 characters or fewer to cleverly synopsize one’s professional and personal accomplishments, along with a carefully edited non sequitur or two. It lets the famous and the anonymous, athletes and accountants, surreal Dadaists and suburban dads alike demonstrate that they are special snowflakes with Wes Anderson-worthy quirks."
nytimes  twitter  socialmedia  onlineidentity  digitalself  3844  4814 
october 2013 by warnick
The Skin of Anxiety
Kevin Barry details his online neuroses in a lovely essay: "I stay nowhere longer than a minute or two, if that. I’ll start to read a piece, but two paragraphs in I’ll go yeah, right, blah-de-blah, and move on. You could not by force of will design a state of mind more unsuitable for getting up and attempting to make Literature, but that, hilariously, is what I get up and try to do."
digitalself  psychology  addiction 
september 2013 by warnick
On Internet Friends and In-Person Friends, Or As They Are More Commonly Known, “Friends”
Becky Chambers: "Friends are friends, no matter how you make them. We stick together through marriage and death and break-ups and babies and lay-offs and new apartments and everything in between. If someone goes quiet for a few days, we check in to see if they’re okay. I send Christmas cards to some of my internet friends. I’ve gotten jobs through internet friends."
onlineidentity  internetculture  digitalself  friendship  relationships 
august 2013 by warnick
In 20 Years, We’re All Going To Realize This Apple Ad Is Nuts
Mark Wilson puts his finger on what's been bugging me about Apple's new ad: "In what should be a warm, humanizing montage, people are constantly directing their attention away from one another and the real, panoramic world to soak in pixels. They’re choosing the experience of their products over the experience of other people several times in quick succession. And Apple has a warm voice in the background, goading us on. This is a crazy world. Please tell me you see it, too."
apple  advertising  digitalself 
july 2013 by warnick
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