Identity; Who Are You?

9 Mar

What is identity? What is your identity? Well you probably have a name, a place you grew up, and a birth date. Is there more to your identity than what it says on your license or your social security card? What about your identity online? Do you change who you are online?

Identity can be proven by many different items from your passport to license and social security card. There are other factors that make you who you are too, such as your personality, who you like and dislike, and what you like and dislike. If you walked into a liquor store and wanted to buy a nice bottle of wine you would have to prove to them that you are 21 so you give them you photo ID. How do you prove to people online that you are who you say you are.

When you are online you can basically be whoever you want to be.  How do you prove to someone that you are who you say you are? Well there some ways you can identify people by who their friends are or the networks they are in. You also prove to a website that you are yourself by putting in a name and a password. Dick Hardt has an idea for Identity 2.0. It is where you basically have what I would consider an internet ID. Think about it like this, you have a license or other form of photo ID to prove who you are in the “real world” well why not have the same thing in the virtual world?

Maybe some people would not like this because they like to become a different person online. But, for me I think to know that who I am talking to is actually who is on the other side and I am not being tricked. Identity is you. It is your name, and your personality. You can’t change who you are but you can change how you act.

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