some thoughts on first week’s readings

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selves are not consciously created, but instead develop as a sort of collage of experience and personality. who you are, what you do, what you believe, where you are headed in life- these are not questions that should not be easily answered. the essence of an individual is an amorphous substance. like spilled motor oil in a puddle, we glisten and shine and form patterns and swirl about constantly, changing our appearance when viewed from the light or the dark, the sides or the top.

in no way can a series of mediated images, text, video or anything else other than flesh and blood in the person describe fully and completely who a person is. the experience of being human evolved around the process of face to face interaction, unmediated communication and full on contact between people. our technological advances have allowed us to skirt around many of these practices, out of a logistical need maybe, but more likely out of a blind development towards ‘progress.’

i do not appreciate inauthenticity. i do not care for extensive self-presentation. i think it’s ingenuine and ultimately useless to spend hours crafting an image of oneself.

believing that social media can be an expression of who a person is at best shallow. at worst it is dangerous. it seems that in our modern information filled lives we all are looking to find shortcuts for everything, but defining who we are must not fall into that category.

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