Who is @amberteesdale?

We all have our ‘real life’ identity although now with the updates in technology we also have our online identity which we are able to create and edit so that we determine the only way other people see us which is called our online self.
Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson (2014, p.70) discuss how sites and software of digital media have created a new way for young people to document their coming of age moments quickly and easily, let families to track their histories and help people looking for love and friendship connect. These are various ways we are able to create our own personal online persona in the way we want people to perceive us.

When I was younger I had someone from Facebook steal some of my pictures, they then made a new profile with a different name and were pretending to look like me. Until this point in time I never even thought that someone would be stalking the internet with these intentions. The person that did this didn’t just make the profile, they acted as though they were a real person and communication with others that believed they were talking to a real person. “Teens are also at risk because they can not always control what happens to their personal (if not private) material once it is uploaded.” (Gabriel 2014, p.105)

This was a fake profile made with pictures of me that someone stole from my Facebook, this shows how easy it is for someone to pretend to be someone.

What many young people don’t realise is that we literally sign ourselves up for websites or social media sites without reading the terms and conditions which means we could very well be signing our lives away. We ultimately give Facebook, Instagram and many other sites the rights to our photos, videos and ideas without realising. It has become so easy to steal another persons ideas or photographs and we can be oblivious to it even happening.

Because of the rise in technology young children have access to digital media almost every minute of the day, but what is the media that they’re being exposed to? I’ll tell you what! Its sexualised content that gives an unrealistic view of sex and real bodies. Fleur Gabriel (2014) discuss’ the study of cultural sexualisation and how youths are now speeding up their childhood. Because of the many sexualised images, videos, tweets and many more that children are reading they begin to mimic the behaviours resulting in accelerated sexual development.

A screen capture of the Instagram account @beautifulgirls5

I have followed accounts like these on Instagram before, I now realise this is what the children of today are seeing and believing is beautiful. They therefore thrive to be exactly like these girls or want to date a girl like this. I believe this is why there are so many provocative pictures coming from girls aged as young as 12. There is now a sexual connotation with the word beautiful, people believe to be beautiful you need to be sexy. They have it all wrong and this is due to the way celebrities present themselves in the media. David Marshall (2010) explains how celebrities are trend setters and teens follow the way celebrities present themselves which is now very provocative. “…celebrity has been and is increasingly a pedagogical tool and specifically a pedagogical aid in the discourse of the self.” (Marshal 2010, p.36)

Who is @amberteesdale? : This is a Prezi I’ve made to document the different social networking sites I use and the ways I that i present myself on them. This is a clear indication of the way people percieve me via online digital media.

Anna Poletti and Julie Rak (2014) discuss Judith Butlers theories of identity performativity and how it helps us understand how people use the profile functions of social media and why people invest so much time and energy creating and updating their online profiles. They believe this happens because; “Online social networking behaviour is as performative as ‘real life’ acts, and just as easily implies a stablised core inner self behind the profile.” (Polite&Rak 2014, p.56) I believe this is why myself and others my age spend so much time updating our profiles, because its now apart of us that is easily mistaken for real life when in fact our online profiles are in their own realm of digital media. We use the online world to gain self esteem as we are the puppet masters of our own profiles dictating what people see and what they dont.

My online persona created on easel.ly

This is a visual representation of the different digital media sites I use, the bigger the circles are the more I use the site. As you can see there is a clear distinction between my social life and professional life, the circles are separate as they don’t connect with each other. On the proffesional sites I tend to behave more seriously than my social media sites as I use them for fun and entertainment. I also use a blog that I dont necessarily show to people I use it to get out my feelings and some people come across it but don't know me so its a different experience. I also use netflix and youtube for entertainment purposes i dont upload my own videos onto their i watch and rate others and help give others an insight into what I think about what I’m watching. Andrew Wood and Matthew Smith (2004) explain that we feel somewhat connected to our social sites as they are now apart of us as we use them everyday and we adapt to sites we use in accordance to what we are using them for.

Reference List

Smith, S and Watson, J 2014, ‘Virtually Me: A Toolbox about Online Self- Presentation’, in Poletti, A and Rak, J, Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online, The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, pp. 70–95

Gabriel, F 2014, ‘Sexting, selfies and self-harm: young people, social media and the performance of self-development’, Media International Australia, no. 151, pp. 104–12

Cover, R 2014, ‘Becoming and belonging: performativity, subjectivity, and the cultural purposes of social networking’, in Poletti, A and Rak, J, Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online, The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, pp. 55–69

Marshall, PD 2010, ‘The promotion and presentation of the self: celebrity as marker of presentational media’, Celebrity Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 35–48

Smith, M & Wood, A 2004, ‘the self among others: forming online identities’, Online Communication:Linking Technology, Identity, & Culture

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