I just completed a project on identity and how we mediate it in online spheres. (It was a graduate project for a class on Hypertext. Check it out at Mediating My Selves.) This is something that’s increasingly important for scholar-writers in the age of the Internet. While I’m not sure my project reached any definite conclusions, I definitely have reached some new perspectives in my own thoughts about identity. For example, someone who has contradictory identities in different online spaces isn’t necessarily a hypocrite or a bad person in my book.
But, what I think and what the powers-that-be think are very different, as evidenced by this:
Do social media require us to have only a single identity? No reworking for context allowed?