Tim O’Reilly said, “Identity is the sense we hold of ourselves; our population of who we are and how we present ourselves to those around us.” His meaning behind this quote is that Our identity is the only thing that separates us from the other people around us. We can to create our own identity and show others the way that we are. Now, many people connect through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and so on and so forth. We put our own likes, interests, and personalities out on these websites for all to see. The way we present ourselves here is how the World Wide Web will see us.
I agree that we create our own identities by presenting ourselves to the people around us. Our identity is personal and is all self made. The most common way to get ones personal thoughts out on the internet for others to understand them is through a blog. For example, Tim O’Reilly said “Blogging is a personal webpage that is set up like a diary.” From putting our own thoughts and experiences out here, and others seeing how we present ourselves, we create our own identity.
In “Culture of Connectivity,” Jose van Dijck said, “The rhetoric of transparency and openness was supposedly rooted in and certainly inspired by the rhetoric of community-based online sociality, which flourished during the first six years of the new millennium.” From this quote, van Dijck is trying to ask us if the openness of the internet and the sociable aspects of the internet are having a positive impact or a negative impact.
I feel that is good that this type of instant social accessibility has happened. The fact that I have grown up this way, as in, social media communities communicating over the internet rather than in real life, also plays a big role in how I feel about this this situation. Jose said that “web 2.0 Strategies challenged both market and state economies as they enabled the development of a cooperative non-market, peer production system that served communicative and creative needs through networks of liked-minded individuals.” Through the internet we can create our own communities that people can easily talk to, that this has become so acceptable because it is easy and efficient.