I asked my Anthropology of Mass Media students to do a similar digital identity curation assignment to review their online presence. While I assigned this task to my students, I have never examined my own digital presence. To do this for the DigPINS workshop, I started thinking about my roles online in relations to the Resident <–> Visitor spectrum.
As I worked through which online communities I am a member of and how my participation varies in each of them and overarching theme of developing my professional persona and research threads came out of each, regardless of where it is on the spectrum. I think the ways I’ve approached curating my public digital identity is through some anxiety of being a new and temporary faculty member searching for a landing spot in a permanent position. So as I see myself online currently, my roles are not very intersecting or nuanced but cover a variety of my professional interests. That being said, I present topics and ideas without interaction or cultivation of my membership as an interactant in online communities. Similarly, I had a jolt when I realized that I value the digital mediation of my relationships less than face-to-face interaction, something that has been shown in a recent stark light due to COVID19 quarantine interactions. I therefore see myself as less integral to online and digitally mediated communities, which feeds back into the ways I retreat from cultivating relationships through digital interactions. Changing my digital identity from a presentational one to an interactional one is one of my goals for this workshop.
Online technology and media is an incredibly diverse and ever-changing platform for interaction and connection. As I’m gaining more of a foothold in remote teaching, I hope to shift my online presence and digital identity to more of an interactional one.