I spent less time this last week thinking about our digital future writ large and more time thinking about my own personal digital future.
After spending these last six weeks reading, talking, and thinking about blogs, twitter, and other mediated technologies, I now feel much more comfortable interacting and actively engaging with the internet. However, I still have many of the same concerns that I started with: How should I present my digital self and manage my online identity? How should I (or should I?) integrate my online and in-person identities? And, given my ever-expanding to-do list, how will I find time to produce digital scholarship that is both relevant and interesting without deprioritizing my other obligations?
I am thankful that the Domain of One’s Own Faculty Initiative has given me the conceptual space to begin thinking about how to best answer these questions for myself for the time being. Digital presence is an ongoing process, and my digital identity is a performance like any other; I will try to accept where I’m at in that process.
For now, I know that I want to continue blogging, and I’m looking forward to blogging about my research and political work. In all honesty, though, I’m still not entirely sure about twitter. So far, twitter has primarily served the function of a newsfeed, and I’ve definitely appreciated its ability to keep me appraised of, for example, recent developments around civil disobedience against deportation.
Overall, I’ve decided to make a few (non-binding) resolutions for the remainder of the semester:
- Continue blogging, and see how (and where) it goes. My goal is to blog once a week on matters related to immigration, nativism, and local immigrant rights actions.
- Make my blog pretty. ‘Nuff said.
- Continue using twitter (for now), and decide at a later point if it will serve a useful function.