Digital Citizenship

The readings for this week gave me plenty to think about regarding digital citizenship. As an aspiring archivist (or maybe museum curator… who knows where my Library Science degree will ultimately lead me), much of what I will say and ways in which I would build my digital identity would be relatively void of my own strong personal opinions. I notice that in many ways I do this already. Although I follow plenty of people on twitter, I am very selective about the things that I retweet as my Twitter page may be subject to examination when I apply for a master’s degree or for jobs after I finish school. My social media accounts may reflect my beliefs to a certain extent, but I think long and hard about my digital identity. I may be a little more lax on Facebook (who am I kidding. I’d be surprised if the government isn’t watching me after some of the stuff I have said on Facebook), but more and more I am using my Twitter account and blog as a way to build a strong digital citizenship that is more cohesive to my professional interests.

The second two readings, “Internet Famous: Visibility as Violence in Social Media” and “The Rules of Twitter” offered two similar yet different views on Twitter. “The Rules of Twitter” validated what the former article said about violence and stalking and the prominence of the white male figure on Twitter, but offered a more hopeful view of what Twitter and other social media platforms can be in the future. The same issues that plague many public spaces still afflicts digital public spaces, but it is becoming more apparent that this is not a place of segregation; this is a place where people of different ethnicities, genders, and class can interact on the same level. I’m not sure what to make of the last reading, especially in light of the “Visibility as Violence,” but it is certainly something to think about. I was also interested in the quote from “Rules of Twitter” that discusses surveillance. I myself fell into the trap of “bemoaning a more innocent tech era” at the beginning of this class while there were clearly other groups that grew accustomed to different methods of surveillance long ago. I have become quite use to this new feeling, or at least I am comfortable enough to be aware of the “digital citizenship” that I am building, but for others this is nothing new. For me this was a really interesting perspective to consider.

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