Digital History

Digital Identity, or: You mean this is forever????

For every DGST class I’ve ever taken, I have had to Google myself and find/ clean my digital footprint. Without fail, each time I find dirt that I clean out. Today was no exception — nothing bad, just things that are too closely tied to personal information. I did have fun going through the websites and taking small bits of wisdom.

1. Aesthetics are (almost) everything

Jess’s site is shiny, fluid, and readable. Her resume is impressive and she is able to use the Infinite Canvas of the internet to her full advantage in order to detail her accomplishments and accolades. My own (poor, poor, abused) resume needs TLC and this served as great inspiration.

2. Sweep the mess under a pretty rug

Unfortunately, I have a very Ukrainian name which ties me to unsavory practices and events. (In case possible employers are reading, I am not a mail order bride). Thankfully, these worse things don’t come up until page 2 or 3 of my results. Over the years, I’ve done enough good things to push them down, when they were front and center my Freshman year.

3. Everywhere, you are being watched. 

This NYT article (that I opened in Incognito because I ran out of free articles) had lots of more basic things, like how to turn off Facebook ad preferences and more overt browser tracking (done and done). However, it also linked to this crazy website called click that narrates JUST HOW MUCH YOU ARE BEING TRACKED. It made me update the VPN I have on Chrome.

4. Simpsons 2007 Predicted it

“Right now, video and audio aren’t searchable, but they will be.” Welcome to 2018, the age of Echo, Alexa, and Smart homes. This is why the only spy device I keep is my phone — I don’t want a Burger King ad to talk to my technology, and I don’t want my tech to talk back.

5. What do you do with a drunken pirate? Not hire them. 

This article gave me massive flashbacks to EDUC 420 with Dr. McCall and studying the “Drunken Pirate” Supreme Court case. A student teacher posted a photo to myspace of her drinking from a regular plastic cup, captioned “Drunken Pirate”. She was over the legal drinking age, at an off-campus party, out of school hours. However, she still lost her placement and her teaching degree. She sued for a violation of her First Amendment rights, but the court ruled against her. As an educator, this case is as entertaining as it is frightening because our digital activity is far more closely monitored and judged than the Average Joe.

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