Do humans really hold the key to digital humanities or are they key-picking themselves in? Digital freedom has expanded throughout the years. Individuals with easy access to computers, laptops, tablets and even cell phones are allowed to explore and view different things via the internet. Many sites such as Facebook or Twitter allow users to create their own profile and share their interests and ideas to the virtual world.
Catfish, is a TV show that streams on MTV, where two guys are on the search to link people together who have met online. After watching a couple episodes of this show, it reminded me of false perceptions that people try to create online. The people on this show hide their true self, their looks and sometimes even they way they really are in order to meet others. They have the freedom through the virtual world to create everything at their preference, which can then make them feel happier with who they are perceived to be. Throughout the show, the hosts show us conversations and phone calls that these two people have exchanged through long periods of time. By the end of the show they help these people meet each other for the first time. When the people often meet in person, they are in shock because they would have never expected the individual to be completely different than what they were expecting. The internet is a great way to connect with people but at the same time, are you meeting the real person or their imaginary interpretation of themselves?
But the question I shall ask is, how much limit does each individual have in the internet? In order to test this question I’ve decided to find out for myself. I’ve decided to go on Facebook and see the limits or restrictions there are if I decided to construct a profile based on my imaginary virtual life. I signed up for the site, provided my email address, profile picture and was asked a few questions. I love Rachel Mc Adams so I figured I would be happy if people thought I resembled when they looked my profile picture. First name: I chose Alexis, because that’s the name I’ve always wanted. Last name: I didn’t know what to choose, so I picked Freedom. They also asked what school I attend and my hometown. I always wanted to attend Harvard so that’s where I currently attend school. I loved going on vacation to Cabo San Lucas so I decided that that’s where I’m currently living. Instead of asking for confirmations to decide if these were truthful answers, all that Facebook asked me was, “Please click here to confirm your email.” There wasn’t a button that said, please “type in your student ID so that we can verify that you’re a student at Harvard University” or “please provide your address so that we can confirm that there is a Freedom family living in this location”. The digital freedom that the internet allows is being abused. The freedom is allowing individuals to alter their authenticity at their preference in order to adjust their feelings and emotions. Their individuality and identity is being taken away. They aren’t really opening the lock with they key, they are key-picking themselves in.