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I chose to talk about digital identities, as it is the most interesting topic that I have learned about this semester. Before I took part in the ‘Living, Learning, and Working in the Context of the Digital Economy’ module, this was a topic that wasn’t apparent to me. Over this past semester, I have realised how important it is to be conscious of what you are doing online, especially when you have a job that could be easily jeopardised. Another reason why I chose to make my visual essay on this particular topic is because it was the topic I could relate to the most. As I am studying as a student teacher, I have realised how major it is for me to be knowledgeable about this topic and I believe it is something that I should always have on my mind, especially when posting things online.
I chose to focus on three particular aspects of online identities. My main focus was ‘Why it is good to have more than one online profile?’, and underneath this focus, came my three aspects. The first aspect I spoke about was why it is good for student teachers to have more than one online profile. I decided to talk about this aspect, as it is a topic that I could relate to and share my view on. The second aspect I chose to talk about was employment and why ‘Online identities’ is something you need to consider when applying for jobs. The third aspect I wanted to demonstrate was why having more than one online profile is not such a great idea. I wanted to add some negative points into my visual essay, as I wanted to let the viewers know that there are in fact disadvantages for having more than one online identity. Although I explained these disadvantages is my visual essay, and also considered them, in my opinion, the disadvantages are not strong enough to outweigh the positives. Within my visual essay, I enjoyed sharing my view. I feel that me sharing my opinion made my visual essay that bit more interesting and it was also more enjoyable for me as a student, to make it. As I stated in my visual essay, I am a student teacher so I was able to relate with having to be conscious while contributing to social networking sites. I believe that all individuals should have more than one digital identity when it comes to careers that could be conflicted or also, when they are applying for jobs. I additionally used relevant literature in order to back up my points about having more than one online identity. I also used relevant literature for each of my other aspects (employment and also my disadvantages). I used relevant references and images from “Creative Commons” in order to strengthen my visual essay and to make it more interesting and academic for the viewers.
Overall, I really enjoyed making my visual essay for my assessment, as it was a task that I had never had the joy of undertaking before. I feel very passionate about my topic and I hope this was portrayed throughout my visual essay.
REFERENCES USED –
Help and advice for a secure digital life. ‘What is a digital identity? ‘ Chapter 1. Retrieved from http://www.justaskgemalto.com/en/node/4812
Jarvis, J. 2011. Buzz Machine. One identity or more? Chapter 4. Retrieved from http://buzzmachine.com/2011/03/08/one-identity-or-more/
Guerin, L. Nolo, Law for all. Can potential employers check your facebook page? Chapter 3. Retrieved from http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/can-potential-employers-check-your-facebook-page.html
IMAGES FROM CREATIVE COMMONS –