Online Personas: The Internet Never Forgets

In our day and age where our use of social media platforms is extremely prevalent in our everyday lives, we continuously need to be careful and aware of what we’re saying online. A viewpoint can be taken where our real life persona and online persona are different, in the sense that what we say in person might not be necessarily okay to say online, where we basically leave behind a digital footprint of ourselves, anything we post or share with the world via the internet is basically there forever, for everyone to see, and this can be dangerous.

A case which explores this is that of League of Legends player Justin Carter, who was arrested following his comments made to another player on Facebook after a match on League of Legends, the comments were viewed as “terrorist” and landed Carter in jail, where he suffered countless abuse from other inmates, the full article can be viewed here: http://www.pcgamer.com/league-of-legends-player-mouths-off-gets-arrested-for-making-a-terroristic-threat/

It’s interesting to think that an innocent gamer who claimed he was just making a joke out of anger to another person ended up in such a terrible situation. It really shows that once you post something online there’s no going back, there’s no way to know who is going to see your online persona, the internet is so non-linear and you never know if what you say online could end up being life changing, for better or worse.

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6 thoughts on “Online Personas: The Internet Never Forgets

  1. Hey,
    Interesting angle you took here, i liked it.
    Its almost like there are two worlds with completely different standards (online and reality).
    I liked how you mentioned that you would never get away with a stupid comment online, but in person people would forget it instantaneously. Weird world we live in.
    Really interesting read with the article you included about Justin Carter. Gets you thinking about what is appropriate and what is offensive for sure.
    xx

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  2. Hey Alex, I really enjoyed how you showed the difference between one’s identity off and online. Where many might not second guess what they might say online compared in real life. In some cases like the league of legends player where didn’t separate both his identities, our decisions can detrimental towards us. Whether it just affect our relationships or job opportunities but to be arrested is really a sign how powerful our online persona is and how sensitive it is.

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  3. Hey Alex, I enjoyed the perspective you delivered between one’s identity off and online. Its amazing that one simple remark or comment can have a huge ripple effect to land him in jail, this is a huge eye opener as I do enjoy smack talking mates online and never thought it has the possibility to have to cause such an uproar.

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  4. Cool post! I like the point you made how people try to create an image of themselves online through what they post and write, and how they’re always leaving a digital footprint behind. I cannot believe the punishment to that poor gamer for his online comment… However it is good in the respect that other online users can learn from his mistake and be more cautious about what they say online. Keep up the good work!

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  5. I agree, and to elaborate the persona people created online especially one that is used to entertain, and so the persona is designed to be one of interest for the views and ‘entrain’ them, so i can understand how these ‘jokes’ might occur, almost out of a stubble desperation to maintain the interest of the viewer and ultimately the viewership, in order to maintain their channel.

    I liked how you presented the concept, well done!

    -Dylan

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  6. Your post was awesome, and it definitely created a deeper insight into online persona for me at least. I would be interested to see your Twitter stats, considering your flow of writing and amount of comments on this post suggest you have a well-known presence! I would be interested to see what other articles you find on this topic.

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