We decided to carry out our super participation from Friday 11 a.m to Saturday 11 a.m. There was no specific theme; we just posted whatever each of us would have wanted.
And what we ended up whipping up was a heap of text posts, photos, and videos that usually entailed updates on what was happening to each of us on that day. We also attempted to engage and comment on each other’s posts.
Almost all of the posts were made by us based on our experiences of that day, with rare occasions of shared content that can be found on the net.
The contents posted are noticeably different, from person to person. We have those who posted more videos while there were those who shared more photos.
This activity does allow us to reflect the role of our digital identities, which is especially prevalent in our social media driven world today. We are at this age when your digital identities can affect our lives tremendously, when we have so many people who are able to capitalize on the personas they have carefully created. At the same time, it can ruin people easily when they do not adhere to their identities’ values, which we see a lot in celebrity culture and scandals.
Here is a basic rundown of what I did.
I tried to start off my recording what I was doing on that day by taking photos but already in the morning, I find myself dissatisfied with the photos of fried eggs I was having in the morning, so I decided if I am going to be that scared of scrutiny, I might as well just post screenshots, which does not require touch ups.
I basically spent the entirety of the previous night and that whole chunk of morning dedicated to writing this literature essay of mine, where I have to analyse a film and discuss the utopian and dystopian aspects of it. I decided to share my favourite parts of the movie as well as my process.
At the same time, I tried to comment and like other team members’ posts.
And the infamous game download saga.
And ended off with this
If I reflect on my own posts for instance, I avoided posting personal posts, like selfies, or videos. Instead I posted screenshots of what I was doing at the time with captions that gave little information about the content. Even though I didn’t post anything too personal, in a way I feel that I was already projecting myself already as this character who enjoys being ambiguous.
In conclusion, even if you post content with little to no personal matters, it still in a way gives us a hint of our characters, thus leading to an eventual creation of a digital persona in its own way. In the same way, I feel that no matter how much of truth or “realness” you project yourself to be in the digital realm, they are still somewhat controlled as the contents we post may vary from personal, trivial or intellectual but in the end, to me, they are in some way a curation nonetheless by the creator.