Welcome to ipid, my first post. Identity through IP.
Blogging is the open book quiz on yourself. I began writing this after Jeff Jarvis presented a reason to do so at the VON conference Sept 13 2006
Of all the web site topologies, the blog uses the single time line. Upon this line hangs any possible comment by any person in the world. Authors return to their blog base with new thoughts and emotional responses much of which is As Seen on the Internet. Others on the Internet see this too. If your humor, truth, and illumination connect, they will respond. Above all truth. As blogger you interprete and continue conversation from within the your main narrative line centered on the screen.
Emotional not rational impulses are the fuel of blogs. Our larger brains evolved for their interconnected emotional, not rational features (Dr. Cytowik’s incredible conclusion after studying synesthasia). Blogs tap first on feeling. Sense of humor helps, but truth rules on the Internet. Id Tenendum Verum– keep it real – as the apron of the Bill Maher TV set declares. (Go sometime – it’s in LA and free.) If you don’t have the dicipline to see reality and courage to translate its truth, then tell a joke. Play the fool. A laugh is better than a lie. Lies are daringly broadcast to a public at large through a slanted institutional mask, but for many stories telegraphed to us by the Internet hours before, we know better. When IP is everywhere, the virtue of identity reigns. So when I see a news anchor telling me the way it is, I play incredulous Robert De Niro jesting – “Are you talking to me? Are you talking to ME?”
The shift from electronic media to digital media produces identity. Digital identity embodies presence. IP Presence. Presence in IM means more than showing you are away or online. You can show location, environment, and action – what’s in the margin of our cellular conversations. Digital character can be improved by the IP arts of writing, speaking, and video to inspire others. Digital identity challenges us to have something to say and think about how people here it. We perform a media dance to underscore the emotional value of the message.
IP identity is becoming highly mobile. GPS added with time generates an invisible and important dimension to the fantasy stage of our persona.
Identity is voice.
To commerate day 1 of this blog.