Panel Discussion Reflection: Digital Identity

In this discussion the panellist discussed what defined digital identity. They presented a wide array of information to the class. The information ranged anywhere from having one’s identity linked to their social security to how a person is perceived on the internet. We discussed an interesting topic about how an internet user could be perceived differently depending on what they’re using the internet for An example given was that a gamer would have such an identity that other gamers could only distinguish them by their username. In turn, this same thought is used to consider how people are perceived as bloggers, facebook users, and any other media they may use. This discussion led me to think if a person with so many personalities could have some personality disorder in a sense. That is a whole discussion in it of it self. Another topic presented during the discussion was that if all users were known to have one digital identity linked to them would it  undermine the whole idea of “privacy on the web”? The discussion was well presented and thorough. It presented a vast amount of information that also lead the class to have an in depth thought about having a digital identity.

Panel Discussion Reflection: Privacy/Openness

The discussion we had in class about privacy and openness was a well thought out discussion. The panel gave accounts of real life scenarios that pertained to our everyday life that we as internet users can relate to. Much of the class had differing opinions with privacy and openness. I thought it was interesting that some students had different opinions that were for or against certain medias pulling a users information. We discussed about how being very open on the internet could affect a persons social life, work life, and how they are perceived by people in general. One of the panellist showed a video that unveiled what information people could have on us and how it is easily accessible. I didn’t think it was petrifying to know that our information is saved on the web or even that it isn’t hard to access. I feel that way because nothing anyone could do on the internet could be done in secrecy in all actuality, at least for what I know.

Social/Economic/Cultural Discussion

Social/Economic/Culture Discussion

Questions to consider:

  1. What kind of user are we?
  2. Why do we use the internet?
  3. What form of communication do we prefer and why?
  4. What benefits do the internet provide?
  5. How has the internet affected us socially today from a decade ago?




Impacts -This link provides books and connected ideas those books shares about the impact of social, economical, and the cultural internet.

What kind of internet user are you? – Have you ever wondered what kind of internet user you are? Take the quiz!

Economical change due to the internet- This page suggest the changes the has occurred or will occur due to the demand of the internet.


The Cultural Internet

The Social Internet

The Economic internet

Economic internet Video


Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

The video on Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity covers ours discussion we’re discussing this week in the Internet Course.

I found it interesting that this video invoked a lot of opinion that are similar to what people think about technology today. The opinion and conflict that society has today is how technology may be diminishing the human society. He brought up the “talking machine” and suggested that the original voice of music sung by people will change. There will become no originality to it due to these “talking machines”. He then spoke about how because of airplanes that flew over head, these chickens would run into walls trying to follow the airplanes. It gives sense that technology not only has affect on people but affect on the world as a whole. The Jesus video was rather hilarious. He refers to the digital technology is how generations now use it to express themselves.  He really shows how creativity can be brought up by anyone, it does not take a professional to do the things that long ago, amateurs weren’t able to do. He also suggest that digital technology now requires some form of technology and that copyright conflict from the law and use of it is a gray subject.