Great reflection piece by Andy Coverdale about Digital Identities.
I’m convinced that both the intrinsic (critical practice) and extrinsic (confessional practice) influences are necessary for properly forming identity. I’m still wondering what the particular influences are in the digital realm. I might have to dig out Sherry Turkle’s Life on the Screen
In researching approaches to digital identity, I recently came across a model which i found particularly interesting. In their schema of experiential learning, Usher, Bryant et al. (1996) describe how lifelong learning can be understood in relation to two continua (autonomy to adaptation, and application to expression) which create four specific contemporary social practices: lifestyle, confessional, vocational, and critical.
The idea of identity formation is particularly evident in the two opposing practices of the confessional and the critical
So how does identity formation within these two practices translate to the formation of digital identities and reputations, and to the representation of self on the social web?
- Digital Identit(y/ies): A Postmodernist Perspective | PhDBlog.net | Andy Coverdale | 22 April 2010
- Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet | Sherry Turkle | Simon & Schuster | 4 September 1997